Analysis Of Ken Kesey 's One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest Essay

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The treatment of mental patients has greatly improved since the 1960s, but it still is not perfect. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a novel written by Ken Kesey and published in 1962. Chief Bromden, a schizophrenic patient in an insane asylum who pretends to be dumb and deaf to avoid confrontation, narrates what happens in the ward. When authority hating Randle McMurphy is committed to the ward, he notices the head nurse, Nurse Ratched, manipulates her patients to keep her authority, rather than actually benefit the patients. Nurse Ratched clearly mistreats her patients and gives them unnecessary treatments. Therefore, in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey shows the mistreatment of mental patients, which is still a problem in today’s society. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest takes place in an Oregon insane asylum in the late 1950s or early 1960s. The Civil Rights Movement was in its prime during the time of this book. !! Setting. The central conflict of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the thirst of power leads to mistreatment. Nurse Ratched uses her authority to manipulate everyone on the ward. There are many themes detected throughout the novel, but there is three that stand out the most. The first being falsely diagnosing mental illness. It is obvious that McMurphy does not actually have a mental illness. Many nurses and doctors say that McMurphy has psychopathic tendencies, because he challenges them and argues with them (Miller). Rather he is a mere…

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