Homework Question on “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”
- Requirements for the book reviews: Good book review will do the five things:
- Tell what the book is about. Do not give a summary of the story, but give the topic, geographic area, and timespan that the book covers. This should take only one mid-length paragraph.
- Give the book’s key argument/point.
- Discuss the book’s sources and methodology: what kind of evidence and methods the author uses to make his/her point.
- Analyze if the argument hold water. Is the point well-made and supported with solid evidence and reasoning? If you were a juror, would you buy the author’s argument/point or not? Why or why not?
- Your take. What did you think about the book? Did it interest or entertain you? Was it well written and clearly organized? This is the only openly subjective part of your review.
Homework Answer on “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a novel by Hunter Thompson using a narrator who is also a freelance journalist hired by Sports Illustrated magazine of 1971 to cover a motorcycle Mint 400 off-road race in Las Vegas called Duke.The novel is mainly about the realization of the American dream as envisioned through characters. Realization of this dream is indeed what drives Duke through the journey in Las Vegas in which he disregards the traditional ‘American dream’ where capital success is hard earned even though he is not sure what should replace this belief.
In essence, the story covers issues of capitalism and related culture wars as well as violence, hypocrisy and drugs that describe America of the 1960s which the narrator wishes to change into a new generation and dream (Thompson 61). The book covers the period between 1960 and 1970 when capitalism culture conflicts hit the American people.
According to Duke, socialist movements of the 1960s were attempts to frame a new American dream to the new generation even though this failed to demystify the capitalist model leading to a state of culture wars (Sickels 70). The book attempts to unfold the wrong sides of the capitalism of the American people. For instance, the author argues that this had orchestrated violence, (for example, Duke shows the brutality of the police within the capitalist system; his attorney scolds a tourist vehicle on a strip in Las Vegas while Duke himself fires a gun in the dessert for no reason).