Essay on The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test

1234 Words Oct 25th, 2016 5 Pages
From what does the self originate? For ages, humans have pondered the nature of their personalities. Several theories have been presented over the years, One implies that a person’s traits are determined at birth and that one’s personality may be ingrained into their very DNA; while another sates that the environment in which the subject is in affects their characteristics far more than any deep-seated traits. This question, as well as many others, are topics that are brought to exhibition in Tom Wolfe’s book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Set in the late 1960’s, Wolfe tells the true story Ken Kesey and his band of followers, the Merry Pranksters, who brought the psychedelic drug movement to the forefront of American culture. Beginning in the summer of 1967; a movement of young people, centered mainly on the west coast in California, fueled by bizarre music, psychedelic drugs, and exotic practices all in attempt to overstep the bounds of reality and bring about a higher state of consciousness. This movement was sparked by Kesey after he took part in a drug study that was sponsored by the CIA, the drug they were testing was LSD.
In 1962, Kesey, who had recently published his first book One Flew Over the Kuckoo’s Nest, was living in Palo Alto and attending Stanford’s creative writing program when he became aware of a drug trial where he could make some extra spending money. It was there where he was first introduced to LSD, after which he began to introduce the…

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