For your initial post, please respond to ONE of the following numbered prompts w

For your initial post, please respond to ONE of the following numbered prompts with a critical analysis of at least two paragraphs. Follow the conventions of writing about fiction that I will post in “Pages.” Keep in mind that strong, good writing–unity, support, coherence, and error-free sentences–counts. Students can expect to be “graded down” for substandard writing. Your secondary post should be a fully developed critique of another student’s primary post–please model it on the posted example in “Pages.”
Please avoid facile, overly simplistic conclusions! One point of this assignment is to exercise your deep critical thinking skills!
1) The subtitle to Hunter Thompson’s novel is “A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.” What is the “American Dream”? How does Thompson’s novel critique the “American Dream”? Develop your response with sustained and direct textual reference/support.
2) The novel is said to be a primary example of “gonzo journalism,” a term believed to have been coined by a friend of the author. How is the novel “gonzo”? Develop your response with sustained and direct textual reference/support.
3) In the novel, the narrator, Raoul Duke, expresses outrageous, extreme attitudes–and his behavior is also extreme. Yet in at least one section of the novel, he expresses a very humanistic perspective. How can we reconcile these differences? Are we meant to take his extreme attitudes seriously?
4) The novel is said to be a “a psychedelic slapstick comedy satire on American society and its values.” What is satire? How is the novel satirical? Develop your response with sustained and direct textual reference/support.
5) The novel is set during a very contentious time in America. In particular, the Vietnam War was still raging. Discuss the author’s references to the events of the Vietnam War. What is the narrator’s attitude toward the war–and, more generally–toward American violence? Develop your response with sustained and direct textual reference/support.
6) During their trips, the author and his traveling partner ingest an incredible number of drugs. Is there any evidence in the novel that the narrator is exaggerating their drug intake? Develop your response with sustained and direct textual reference/support.

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