Essay on One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest By Ken Kesey

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Published in 1962, “One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey holds a story of a patient in a mental institution of Oregon. Wanting to become a registered nurse one day, I have chosen to research “One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” because it presents a terrible example of a nurse named Ratched. The novel was popular enough to spread the reality that a mentally ill patient faces in a sanatorium. “The book 's publication contributed to a backlash against the entire psychiatric treatment system in the US in the 1960s.” (Pittman qtd. in Swaine) However, this novel has a deeper and meaningful message for Americans, which is that society oppresses people with standards and authorities immobilizing them from developing themselves. “[…] Ken Kesey 's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo 's Nest, a text that represents madness as a construct that serves the hegemonic ideology of American capitalism.” (Vitkus 65)
“One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is narrated by the Chief Bromden who is one of the protagonists, and he mostly tells about the actions of McMurphy who is the other protagonist. According to the patients, McMurphy is described as “a hustler, drifter, logger, cowboy, soldier, prospector, gambler and prison bird.” (Ryan 44) The main story all starts when McMurphy arrives at the hospital, living with people that are social separated and mentally ill. Unlike other patients, McMurphy rebels against the nurse Ratched and tries to escape the hospital. (Vitkus 65) “The Chief tells the…

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