Essay On One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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Individual Project 2 The Novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest was published in 1962 written by the influential Ken Kesey. The story is narrated by a inmate name McMuphy that tricks his way into the asylum as a way to get out of jail card. While his time there he become rebellious and challenges head in nurse in charged called Nurse Ratched. While he is there challenging Nurse Ratched he ends up changing the life and minds of the other patients who are stuck in there due to Nurse Ratched’s mind power. McMurphy ends up being the asylums hero and a legend due to his death towards the end of the novel. The novel was also turned into a film and own 5 award winning Oscars because of its reflection of the history during the 60’s…show more content…
The Counterculture obviously relates to Kesey theory of drugs being the key to an individual liberation. When Kesey was in the process of writing the novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest the Korean War was still a fresh memory, and then in shock came World War II after. According to Kesey war can cause trauma to patients. Following the daily beast article many of the patients in the nove One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest suffered from war trauma. For example, “Old Colonel Matterson thinks he’s still in World War I, Billy Bibbit suffered a breakdown in ROTC training when he couldn’t answer the drill officer’s command without stuttering, and McMurphy, who received a dishonorable discharge in the Korean War for insubordination” (American Dreams). In conclusion Kesey was well influenced during his time writing the novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. During the 1960’s the world was well impacted by drug usage and challenging authority to find peace, harmony and liberation. Over all according to the novel Ken used McMurphy to represent someone who wants to bring peace harmony and liberation to
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