Go Ask Alice

There are two major influences, which caused the death of Alice. The social and culture change during the 1960s, and also Alice’s own personal problems and the way she responded to situations in her life. Even thought that these influences can have an impact on Alice’s life, however she is the one that makes decisions for her life. In social change, music is a big influence on the youth of the 1960s. In 1960s is the period when the WWII has been over for a decade and half, and people are starting to enjoy the life they living. Pop culture became the main role of the 1960s.

In mid-1950s, Elvis Presley made the first impact on the world with his rock ‘n’ roll music. It is a type of music that differs very much to the ones that people listen to before the age of rock ‘n’ roll. This particular type of music has a very powerful impact on the youth of the 1960s because the music gave the youth such a powerful energy to free themselves from the old-fashioned lifestyle and live the way they wanted. Girls are going crazy for the bands they love. People are not afraid to protest against wars and they think life is about love, freedom and peace.

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Hippies want to ‘make love not war’ peace movement had the aim to eliminate nuclear weapons and the worldwide fear they engendered and reducing defense spending. Pop culture is not just about music, it also about the fashion trend, hairstyle, behavior and the way of life. Social convention was rejected; the youth do not want to accept the old ways of living, and new attempts for a better life style is created. Experiencing with drug became the main activity of hippies and sexual practice was very often and sometimes breaking the strict rules set by their parents.

For example, just like what happened in “Go Ask Alice”, Alice got introduce to drugs because many of her friend are using it and it became a common problem for the youth in the society. These are some of the major impacts on Alice’s life, which she faced during her youth. It is a very big change in the society and her parents have no idea how to help Alice to face the problem because they have never encountered, the problems that Alice faced, during their youth. However, Alice is also a victim of her time because she chose the wrong road that led her to death.

She could have quitted drugs very easily at the start because she’s only using LSD (a very weak drug), but she chose to stay with it and started tpo take a stronger drug as the time goes on. She mistakenly thought that drugs will help her get through all her life problems such as peer pressure, family and stress. [“Yesterday I remember thinking I was the happiest person in the whole earth, in the whole galaxy, in all of God’s creation. “] [September 16’s dairy entry pp1 first line].

In this sentence we can tell that life is normal, peaceful and great for Alice before she started using drugs. But after she moved, she found it hard to live her life because she is not good at making friends and she has a lot of negative thought such as ” the world has actually stopped in its orbit. My life is completely over [August 9 entry pg 33]. Alice only believes that drug can free her mind from all the problems she is facing; she thinks that drugs are her last and best resort, but it came at a cost which is too great for her.

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