One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest Critique Essay

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Critique The title, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, wittily mirrors a children’s song on a variety of themes covered in the book: the melancholy of the “cuckoos” imprisoned in the psych ward, the privilege relished amongst the geese way beyond the nest, and the bareness of the nest itself. The entire novel is set in a psychiatric ward of a hospital with the exception of a fishing trip led by McMurphy. This novel is an account on the inhumane practice on mental patients and demanding improvements. On a deeper level, it represents the conflict between the individuality and conformity, and then freedom and restraint. In a work of fiction, Kesey cleverly depicts what life is like in the 1950’s, not only for mental patients, but for society as a whole as well.
This novel is told through the eyes of a schizophrenic man, Chief Bromden, who pretends to be deaf and dumb so that nobody will pay attention to him; he just sits and observes his surroundings. Bromden experiences hallucinations and delusions which makes him an unreliable narrator. In the beginning of the novel, Bromden says “but it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen” (Kesey 8) because he is aware of the fact that he hallucinates. However, to him, that is his reality and how perceives situations even though that’s not what really happened. He fears the Combine, which in his mind, is a mass that dominates society and forces everyone to conform. All the patients are controlled by Nurse…

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