Essay about One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest

1000 Words Feb 27th, 2015 null Page
Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a complex text that explores the different aspects of society and ideals, in particular anti-heroism, through Randle P. McMurphy. McMurphy is used as a narrative tool to connect with the audience, he poses many identifiable traits, most notably his hamartia, his ego. McMurphy is a very accessible character to the readers, from his grittiness to his villain like qualities. McMurphy has an increased moral complexity exhibited by his rejection of traditional values, he is a leader, views himself as a superior, and again alike to an anti-hero his suffering is not senseless.

Kesey characterised McMurphy as a person with substantial flaws, making him more accessible and relatable to the readers. From the moment he enters the quiet and unsuspecting ward he refuses to follow protocol, instantly rebelling, when instructed to shower he informs them in a loud, brassy voice that he’s already plenty damn clean. McMurphy has many stories, from his time in the Marines, escaping from a prison camp, his discharge for insubordination, along with his diagnosis as a psychopath for too much fighting and fucking. McMurphy gambles, drinks and fights, he is larger than life, with his boundless energy, foul language and wild hair. McMurphy even brings a set of pornographic playing cards with him into the ward, although his playing often revolves around hustling the other men, also illustrated by him charging more for the fishing trip for…

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