One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

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Nanda Sundaresan
AP English Summer Homework

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
By Ken Kesey

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest was published in 1963 in the middle of the Civil Rights movement and great changes in how psychology and psychiatry were being approached in America. This book has been adapted to a play by Dale Wasserman in 1963 and adapted for a film in 1975.
The Protagonist: Randle Patrick McMurphy
The protagonist of this novel is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a wild, larger-than-life character who brings life to the ward. He was admitted after having himself declared insane in order to be transferred to the mental institution. McMurphy is thirty five years old and was in the military. He has earned a Distinguished Service Cross in Korea after leading an escape from a communist prison camp. He was dishonorably discharged for insubordination. After that, his wild behavior had led him to a history of street brawls and barroom fights, including multiple arrests for drunkenness, assault and battery, disturbing the peace, and many others as well as one for rape.
The Antagonist: Nurse Ratched
Nurse Ratched was a former Army Nurse, and is the main antagonist of this story. She was dubbed “Big Nurse” by the inmates after her oppressive, strong characteristics. These characteristics, as well as her hatred for the inmates, and micromanagement make her the enemy of all the men on the ward.
Plot Summary:
This story is narrated by Chief Bromden, a patient of a psychiatric hospital…
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