Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Setting & Symbolism

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The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Where Thompson receives the call from a New York sporting magazine sending him to Las Vegas to cover the Mint 400.

Las Vegas

The city where the main action of the narrative takes place. Thompson finds the city harsh, corrupt, and unforgiving.

The Mint Hotel

The first hotel Thompson at which Thompson and his attorney stay. In the hotel bar, Thompson undergoes severe hallucinations. He sees lizards gnawing on human beings and believes the carpet is soaked with blood.

The Great Red Shark

A red Chevrolet convertible rented by Thompson and his attorney to take them to Las Vegas. With its great size and power, as well as its flamboyance, the Red Shark is a symbol of American flash and excess.

Mint 400

A motorcycle and dune buggy race through the Las Vegas desert. Thompson is sent by a New York sporting...

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