Thompson's Fundamentals to Achieving the American Dream

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The American Dream is the mindset goal on everyone's mind as the ultimate paradise. Hunter S. Thompson's memoir, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, is his attempt to define the American Dream through the personas of Duke and Dr. Gonzo. As Thompson puts it, it is "A savage journey to the heart of the American dream." Thompson uses the location of Las Vegas as the "ultimate paradise," a place where people go to escape from their lives and the normal grind of their jobs and the burdens of society. However, for Thomson, it is not an escape, because he is already living a wild, eccentric life. As depicted throughout the book, Raoul, along with Dr. Gonzo, commit "sins" like the consumption of illegal drugs, all acts of freedom on their way to seek their American Dream. Throughout the book, Raoul and Dr. Gonzo are very decietful with every town they enter such as creating new identies and building a mountain of lies. "I felt that it was the possibility that we'd gone to such excess, with our gig, that nobody in a position to bring the hammer down on us could possibly believe it." (173) When they consume drugs, they create many excuses and personas to make it difficult for the police to track them down. There is also a situation with a woman named Lucy, who is able to track Raoul and Dr. Gonzo after Gonzo drugs her, sleeps with her, then abandons her. "...'OH MY GOD! THEY'RE KICKING THE DOOR DOWN!' He hurled the phone against the wall--Then he slamed the phone down-- 'That's that. She's probably stuffing herself down the incinerator about now.'" (130) The reason for their mulitple disguses is to hide any tracks that they have left behind, like a memory that could easily be forgotten if they do not manage to reach their goal of finding freedom. In the book, on page seven there is an illustration of a nazi Micky Mouse shirt that was ridiculing the happiest palce on earth to

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