Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Essay

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Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is a multidimensional novel with many important messages in which Kesey strives to relay to the readers. Kesey did not write this novel for the sole purpose of entertainment, even though it was very entertaining, but did write it with the intent to show the readers many realities of life. First of all Kesey shows in this book that how people are perceived in society may not really be how that person is and that things are sometimes different than what they seem. Secondly Kesey sends the message that a single person can be significant and make a difference in other peoples lives, and finally Kesey shows readers
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The opposite of this is shown in McMurphy. McMurphy is thought to be a "bad person" because he gambles, smokes, drinks, has sex, and was put in jail for violence. The readers of this novel realize that McMurphy is really trying to help the other men and is willing to sacrifice pain, suffering and eventually a lobotomy and death for the benefit of the rest of the men. McMurphy is not the "bad person" that the outside world sees. Secondly Kesey intends to show the reader that a single person is significant and can make a difference. A single person can inspire and motivate (McMurphy) and also oppress and control people(Nurse Ratched). When McMurphy came onto the ward all of the Acutes worked against each other, never stood up for themselves and were terribly frightened of the Big Nurse. Nurse Ratched was strong enough to tare down the manhood of all of the men, put fear in them, and to totally control their lives. McMurphy, eventually with his own strength, single handily made the men realize that they aren't too weak to take control over their lives and to stand up to Nurse Ratched. McMurphy inspired the men to the point were they took control back in their lives and eventually worked together, left the ward and or stood up to the no longer so powerful Nurse
Ratched. McMurphy showed that it was not impossible to beat the seemingly

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