Hunter S. Thompson vs. Richard M. Nixon Persuasive Essay by Nicky

An examination of the writings of journalist Hunter S. Thompson and their impact on President Richard M. Nixon.
# 145223 | 2,308 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper provides the background of the early 1970s in the United States in order to consider Hunter S. Thompson's work as a product of its times. The paper presents numerous passages of Thompson's work that demonstrate how he uses Nixon as a central target for his grievances on behalf of the myriad disaffected groups in America at the time. The paper further relates that the outcome of Thompson's work on Nixon is a decisive and lasting vision of the president as paranoid, corrupt and conniving. The paper also discusses how Thompson's focus on the Nixon's administration's ethical failures would become a flashpoint for purging the nation of its incompetent leadership.

From the Paper:

"In many ways, the early 1970s were a gradual comedown from the idealism of the1960's. By 1971, the decay of the economy and the racial segregation that dominated the urban landscape were producing cultural examples of discontent from a multitude of sources. The civil rights movement, the artistic fertility, the philosophical discourse and the political activism of the 1960's had given way to a sense of anger and despair by the decade's close. This is a sensation that resonates throughout Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail. Herein, there are prominent signifiers of the themes which suggest a distinction between the two decades. The idealism which preceded and informed the works collected there within is supplanted by desperation, evident in the common themes of rebellion against accepted social norms, articulation of mainstream society's corruption and dependency on anti-establishment agents for effecting meaningful change."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Thompson, H.S. (1979). The Great Shark Hunt. Simon & Schuster.

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