John Kesey 's One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest

3682 WordsApr 29, 201515 Pages
In Ian McEwan’s ‘Enduring Love’, Ken Kesey’s ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ and Sylvia Plath’s ‘Ariel’ Collection, the themes of gender and identity are clearly linked. Kesey and McEwan explore gender and identity through the male perspective and consequently present themselves as misogynists through their texts in their deleterious portrayal of women who do not adhere to what tradition dictates is ‘ideal’. Plath, on the other hand, presents the female perspective, providing readers with an alternative view, that of the female sufferer. However, in her portrayal of men, Plath comes across as a misandrist, and hence readers are exposed to biased views from both the male and female perspective. All three writers incorporate controversial matters in their exploration of gender and identity and depict how sexual identity is constrained due to society’s norms and values, and events that had occurred and influenced opinion. Kesey’s ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’, is a ‘response to changing gender roles ’ that some argue is an ‘anti-feminist work ’ ,and that consequently Ken Kesey was a misogynist, as ‘the text celebrates a “natural” maleness which is placed in opposition to a domineering emasculating representation of the feminine ’. Thus, presenting the men as ‘victims of a matriarchy ’ stressing the benefits of patriarchy; ‘The premise of the novel is that women ensnare, emasculate and in some cases crucify men ’. Nurse Ratched is demonised ‘for trying to save her own
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