Thu 4 May 2006
Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test takes a turn for the worse toward the end of the book. Ken Kesey is portrayed to be hero. It seems as if he is untouchable. However, after he flees to Mexico the aura that surrounds him changes. He starts to act paranoid and weak: “WAITING! THEY KNOW THEY’VE GOT YOU, FOOL, HAVE KNOWN FOR WEEKS. BUT THEY’RE CERTAIN YOU’RE CONNECTED WITH ALL THE LSD BEING SMUGGLED UP FROM MEXICO AND THEY WANT TO TAKE IN AS BIG A HAUL AS POSSIBLE WHEN THEY FINALLY SLAM IT” (288). Kesey is under the impression that every car that drives down his road is an undercover cop just waiting to arrest him. He has these thoughts fabricated in his mind. At this point, Kesey has lost his leadership powers and is reduced down to almost nothing. It is his low point. He even takes routine trips into the jungle trying to escape his imaginary law. Black Maria gets annoyed when Kesey pulls this stunt: “That trip again. Well, he’ll come back when he’s ready to, worn out, and things will be cool for a while. Kesey had gotton paranoid as hell, but that wasn’t the only thing. He liked this Fugitive game” (299). Kesey was playing someone else’s game. For once, he did not control his actions. Paranoia got the best of Kesey. He does not receive support until the rest of his gang shows up in Mexico. This proves that Kesey is human and needs others for his survival. He is not invincible.