The Mentally Ill: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

The Mentally Ill: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Analysis and review of Ken Kesey's novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".
# 60475 | 1,454 words | 3 sources | APA | 2005
Published on Aug 21, 2005 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Psychology (General)

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This paper summarizes the novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and analyzes the main characters in the novel. The paper also describes the novel's message and how its characters help convey that message.

From the Paper:

"The novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, written by Ken Kesey, takes place in an Oregon mental institution. The narrator, Chief Bromden who is an Indian, pretends to be a mute or as the other patients describe him as being "deaf and dumb" (Kesey, 1962, 23). "It is the novel's narrator Chief Bromden, who is the most important and complex character. His paranoid schizophrenic perception includes hallucinations and obsessive fears, which require the readers to distinguish between his fantasies and his reality. Beyond that, these hallucinations and fantasies--such as "the fog"--are significant on a higher level of meaning than the literal, as metaphors and symbols. They indicate Bromden's perception as delusions but also as poetic insight and artistic expression" (Wolfe, 2000, 32). Chief Bromden is thought to be a schizophrenic."

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