One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest Essay

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The Truth Even If It Didn’t Happen: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest By: Aubree Martinez Period 1 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey is one of the greatest novels of the 1960s that expertly uses mental illness, rebellion, and abused authority to captivate the readers. This book is densely populated with interesting characters, such as the new admission R.P. McMurphy, that makes you dive below the surface of sanity, rebellion, and authoritative issues that are spread throughout the pages. The different elements incorporated within this book leaves readers digging to find out the answers to the questions the surface of the text could not explain. In this book, the rebellious and Messiah-like “McMurphy” passes his tendencies and courage onto his fellow patients in a fight to free their trapped minds and jailed souls from the hands of authority. Within the walls of the institution the novel takes place in, mental illness is a prominent theme. The fact that the narrator Chief Bromden is a diagnosed schizophrenic greatly affects the text and how people may interpret it. “Like a cartoon world, where the figures are flat and outlined in black, jerking through some kind of goofy story that might be real funny if it weren’t for the cartoon figures being real guys. . .” (Kesey 33). Bromden sees the world through his eyes like a cartoon and doesn’t have a clear grasp on reality due to his schizophrenia-plagued mind. Bromden views the people on the ward as

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