Essay One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest

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In the famous Shakespearian play Hamlet, and the award winning novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Readers can quickly identify a similar theme between the two books. The play hamlet was written sometime in the 14th to 15th century in Denmark at a royal palace. During that time, society was not advanced enough to include a fair and proper law enforcement and juridical system. People were forced to fend for themselves when oppressed, which often resulted in fatal revenge. The novel, one flew over the cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kesey takes place in a mental institution in Oregon in the late 1950’s. This is an era when many obscure practices were taking place all over the world in regard to mental health. The protagonist, McMurphy, a patient who is not truly ill feels obligated to retaliate against the oppressive administration at the mental institution. Both main characters Hamlet and McMurphy abandon their physical and social responsibilities as a result of being overly obsessed with seeking revenge. This ultimately leaves them in a state of isolation and alienation. While Hamlet and one flew over the cuckoo’s nest are two very different types of books, they still manage to have a very similar theme and the main characters Hamlet and McMurphy have more in common than it may seem. After the ghost spoke to Hamlet about how his father was murdered, Hamlet became isolated from his friends, the people of Denmark, his lover Ophelia, and his mother Gertrude. Hamlet could…

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