Secondly, Hunter Thompson wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as a memoire of American societal problems because of reccuring themes and symbolisms. Throughout the text, recurring themes such as the “American dream” and other aspects of American life make an impression on readers, and generally not in a positive way. In other words, the American Dream or even America itself is presented to the reader in a way that is unapealing. Capitalism, journalism, law enforcement and government are all slandered in Thompson’s surprisingly detailed accounts of past historical events. Although Thompson does dwell on the more negative qualities of Amercan life, one must admit they are valid issues. Violence, another major theme of the novel, unfolds in coutless scenes in the text, illustrating what affects millions of Americans every day, and more specifically, drug users. Thompson stated in the novel that he viewed himself as a “representation of what has gone wrong with American culture,” and is therefore in a sense using himself to demonstrate the faults of culture in America to readers.
Capitalim is another recurring theme, and is portrayed as an