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On the Edge of Reality: Fear and Loathing and the American Dream


This essay talks about the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the American dream. After the introduction, the first chapter focuses on New Journalism, which is the style in which the book is written, and explores how successful the narrator of the book is in his quest for the American dream with that literature style. In that chapter the battle between fact and fiction in new journalism will also be looked into. This book is a post-modernistic piece of work, and the second chapter examines that claim further. It also examines if Baudrillard’s loss of real and the creation of hyperreal is apt in discussing this book. The final chapter then talks about the counter-culture, which is being portrayed in the book, and its relation to the American Dream.

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