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

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The Author and His/Her Times: Ken Kesey was born on September 17, 1935 and died on November 10, 2011 at age 66. Kesey was once arrested for possession of marijuana and a “faked suicide” and was put into prison for five years. He also had a lot of experimentation with psychoactive drugs, which could spark his interest in the human mind, which has a lot of influence on the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The novel was put on The Times list of To honor Kesey after his death, there is a film called, Gerry, which is dedicated to him and his life. Form, Structure, and Plot: The novel is organized into four parts. The book has three hundred twenty five pages. There are 29 chapters in all. There is a scene when Chief Bromden sees a dog in a window, who runs into the street as a car speed up. The dog gets ran over. This is foreshadowing the ending fate of McMurphy. The story was in chronological order. There are multiple uses of streams of consciousness in the novel, because we are in Bromden’s head the whole time, listening to his thought process on how he perceives certain interactions. Time is not a big factor in the novel. In the beginning, Chief is very secluded, and is locked inside this mental ward along with being locked inside his own mind, since he plays deaf and dumb. The ending was very different because Chief had made progress and talked to McMurphy, who was the first person he had talked to in a long time. Chief also broke out of the mental ward and was
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