Analysis Of Ken Kesey 's One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest

2592 WordsMay 20, 201611 Pages
Mental illness has always been around, and asylums have been around since 1406 CE. Patients were treated like animals in the asylums up until 1946 when President Truman signed a law called the National Mental Health act. People speaking about mental illness is more of a recent thing because before people were just thrown away when they even mentioned mental illness. Once the mentally ill were gone, the public would ignore the entire issue, in the late 1880s Nelly Bly posed as a mentally ill woman for an article she was writing, she wrote about the mistreatment the patients got, and once her articles were published the public could no longer ignore what was happening right under their noses. It took years for people to improve the treatment patients in a mental hospital received and not many people helped with that. Today, people are becoming more outspoken about mental illness, why? In Ken Kesey’s One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, before McMurphy enters the hospital, it was all in perfect order, everyone would talk about their experience and what went through their heads. At one time, Randle McMurphy, a new patient at the hospital speaks about his own insanity with pride, ““Don’t overlook the possibility that this man might be feigning psychosis to escape the drudgery of the work farm.” He looks up at McMurphy. “And what about that, Mr. McMurphy?” “Doctor”-he stands up to his full height, wrinkles his forehead, and holds out both his arms, open and honest to all the wide
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