Fri 5 May 2006
Ken Kesey is obviously the glue that holds the Merry Pranksters together. He is also the brain behind the entire psychedelic revolution. His ranch at La Honda is the center of the Acid Tests and the revolution. With Kesey behind the whole scheme, the Merry Pranksters, the ranch, the Acid Tests, with Kesey behind everything, the Merry Pranksters flourish and the revolution grows.
However, after his flight to Mexico, Kesey is no longer the youthful rebel that he used to be. Kesey comes back older, more worn and very beaten down by life. He spent years hiding in Mexico, which left him incredibly paranoid. In MExico, whenever there were any signs of trouble, he would run into the jungle behind the house, and hide for days. The problem was, there was never usually any trouble. Kesey thinks that every car that rolls down the street is an undercover cop , every person who walks by the house, every phone call, every hint of anything means that someone is looking for him. Kesey realizes that this paranoia is unfounded, and becomes cocky. He vocalizes and publicizes the fact that he is back in the United States, and that he cannot be caught. This cockiness is what ultimately gets him caught. He is no longer above the law or above authority. He can no longer escape, and he gets caught while stuck in gridlock traffic. Kesey ultimately has a break down in the end and with his breakdown comes the Breakdown of the Merry Pranksters.