Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test examines the origins of the counterculture. After reading all of the work, your assignment is to write a 1,000-1,250 word essay that examines the counterculture and argues what attracted people to that lifestyle and what goals, if any, did members of the counterculture have. Provide specific information and demonstrate you read and understand the book.
Papers that fail to meet the required length will receive a grade no higher than a 60.
‘A’ quality papers will be: 1) Well-written 2) Follow the guidelines listed above 3) Have a thesis statement 4) Support the thesis with numerous examples from the reading 5) Properly cite all supporting evidence.
One reason why people were attracted to this lifestyle is because it offered a sense of freedom from society’s conventions; instead individuals could choose their own path in life, free from judgement or criticism. This could be seen through different aspects such as how members dressed, who they chose to associate with, and even where they lived (Wolfe). Additionally, it provided an opportunity for those who felt oppressed by mainstream culture due to race or gender to find a sense of community within which they could express themselves without fear of retribution(Wolfe). Furthermore, psychedelic drugs like LSD became increasingly popular among members as a means for exploring one’s consciousness while others utilized music – such The Grateful Dead – as form of spiritual enlightenment (Wolfe). All together these types of activities opened eyes towards possibilities outside societal boundaries thus encouraging individuals rethink preconceived notions about what was acceptable behavior.
While there may have been several appealing aspects about the counterculture many members had no concrete goals beyond challenging existing systems; this lack direction caused much confusion amongst some participants who just wanted something new yet weren’t sure how obtain it. Thus although there were many attractive features associated with his movement it ultimately failed due its inability create tangible plans for change leading some people involved become disillusioned when faced harsh realities life after experiencing brief moments pleasure or joy. (Wolfe) All together although,Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test provides fascinating glimpse into counterculture movement overall lack purposeful objectives prevented any lasting impact on American Society at large.