One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest Essay

1655 Words Apr 27th, 2015 7 Pages
As the author of the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey did not approve of the film that was later produced in honor of his piece of writing. There is an ongoing debate over whether the movie, or the novel, was a better piece of art. In the novel, Chief serves as the narrator, which allows the reader to get into the heads of the patients in the institution, and better understand their perception of what is going on in the ward. In the movie, you are better able to experience what is actually going on in the ward, and the motives of the patients, such as McMurphy. The difference between the characterization in the movie version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest allows the audience to achieve a more realistic understanding of what the characters are actually experiencing throughout their time in the institution. However, it does not allow the audience to get an inside view of what is actually going on in the minds of the patients. In the novel, Chief’s narration serves as an important style Ken Kesey chose to use in order to portray certain messages to his readers. This allows the reader to see into what emotions the patients were feeling throughout the novel, and what they believed the ward was actually doing to them. In the movie, the audience is not able to see this aspect, but they are able to obtain a more realistic understanding of what is actually happening in the ward. In the novel, everything seems ominous and things get confusing when Chief begins…

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