One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

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3 May 2011
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest In the novel, “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Ken Kesey, the book has a lot of meaning, symbolism, and imagery. This book has been criticized by many around the country and has even been considered to be banned in high schools nationwide. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is seen as obscene, racist, immoral, and sexist to some eyes. It does have some bizarre language, and some obscene scenes, but every great literature attempts to give an accurate picture of some part of the human condition, which is less than perfect. (Sutherland 42) Being in a mental hospital, there are going to be some language that may be offensive and there also will be situations there that are a little
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The crew that is in McMurphy’s ward consists of Billy Bibbit; a nervous young man who is always stuttering and stammering every time he talks; Charlie Cheswick, a man who is known for his temper and immature fits in the group meetings; Martini, who is delusional; Dale Harding, a high educated paranoid who is married; Tabor, who is an aggressive man who uses profane words; and Chief Bromden, a six foot seven Indian who is believed to be deaf and dumb. McMurphy comes into the ward challenging Nurse Ratched by trying to disobey or to go against everything she does. Nurse Ratched runs her ward with strict perfection, doing everything every day in a timely routine. The nurse has even selected her staff and aides personally in helping her run her ward. McMurphy goes around the ward in a humorous mood all of the time. He tries to find the funny side of everything that goes around in the ward, and is also trying to get everyone else to loosen up. His good mood slowly starts to get everyone else in the ward to lighten up, and they start to laugh themselves. It takes them a while to get used to what is going on because they have been scared and in fear of the way Nurse Ratched runs her ward. McMurphy talk to Harding about what is going on here in the ward. Harding admits that all of the patients and even Dr. Spivey are afraid of the Big Nurse. He adds that the patients
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