• Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
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    After both reading and watching Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, I have come to realize that the story follows the mythic journey. The mythic journey is the basis for nearly every story ever told. The mythic or heroes journey usually begins in the heros ordinary world. Next comes the call to adventure. The third step is when the hero refuses the call to adventure. Before leaving to go on a journey the hero meets with a mentor. Now the hero must cross the first threshold, th...
  • Those Most Nearly Touched Social Criticism In American Literature
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    One of the most influential critics of the social problems in American history was Civil Rights spokesperson W. E. B. DuBois, who believed that 'Honest and earnest criticism from those whose interests are most nearly touched -- criticism of writers by readers, of government by those governed, of leaders by those led -- this is the soul of democracy and the safeguard of modern society.' One of the leading vehicles of such criticism since the beginning of the United States of America was literatur...
  • Nick Mcdon Book One People
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    What I did in my holidays There are some things that 17-year-old boys should not be able to do. They should not, say, be able to introduce themselves to girls that they believe they are in love with without their words coming out all together in a madman's gibber. They shouldn't be able to walk away from an argument sensibly persuaded of the other point of view. They shouldn't be able to avoid cutting themselves shaving before big nights out. And they shouldn't be able to write exceptional satir...
  • Hunter S Thompsons And Gonzo Journalism
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    In the late sixties a young journalist and free-lance novelist named Hunter S. Thompson (HST) emerged with a new, crazed and exaggerated brand of reporting. It was sooner or later referred to as Gonzo. HSTs own definition of gonzo has varied over the years, but he still maintains that a good gonzo journalist needs the talent of a master journalist, the eye of an artist / photographer and the heavy balls of an actor and that gonzo is a style of reporting based on William Faulkners idea that the b...