Sexuality in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and A Street Car Named Desire

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In What ways is Sexuality portrayed as central to the conflicts of the individual-v-society in Ken Kesey's One flew over the cuckoo's nest and Tennessee Williams A street car named desire? In What ways is Sexuality portrayed as central to the conflicts of the individual-v-society in Ken Kesey's 'One flew over the cuckoo's nest' and Tennessee Williams 'A street car named desire'? The capacity of sexual feelings within the individual is central to both the development and fundamental basis of any significant character. As observed in both 'One flew over the cuckoos nest' (AKA Cuckoo's nest) and 'A Street car named desire' (AKA. St. car) sexuality emerges as a principal device used in defining a character to the audience. By…show more content…
Their appearances can consequently be said to be greatly symbolic of their role within the narrative. The use of colour is also symbolic of character sexuality "Red hots!!" or "face and neck the colour of oxblood leather", Red is symbolic of passion and is connected to McMurphy and Stanley, whereas the colours "ivory"[5] and "pale blue"[6] are used in describing the weaker characters that deny sexuality. The individuals' role within the narrative is dependant on the conflict that arises, in these texts, due to variations within their own sexuality and society's subsequent reactions. Sexual imagery also surrounds the characters; McMurphey and Stanley further giving, once more, indication of their sexuality "big stiff thumb" or "having those coloured lights going", more subtly there is also animalistic imagery "Stanley stalks fiercely". The images constructed are emblematic of the characters sexuality in the same way as the physical descriptions previously. Sexuality being established in a variety of ways to then allow a character to be fully established, in doing so a character can be categorized into a stereotype which means the audience can then envisage a potential outcome by using the rules of conventionalism that are assigned with a stereotype. Despite the typecast of these two characters through sexuality, the narrative that surrounds each is unique. This uniqueness allows the fight each one pursues against society

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