The Characters of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest in Film and Novel

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The Characters of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest in Film and Novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a critically acclaimed novel written by Ken Kesey and later on a movie adaptation, directed by Milos Forman, which was similarly critically acclaimed earning itself an extremely high 96% on rotten tomatoes. However said appraisal of both works, does not excuse the gleaming errors and artistic licensing seen throughout the entirety of the film. Granted there were no major plot holes and alterations present, the physical descriptions of the various characters within the story as well as their behavior differed quite a bit from their silver screen counterparts. The most critical physical and behavioral differences can be seen quite clearly…show more content…
5) Kesey throughout the novel repeatedly gives the character of Nurse Ratched a almost robotic feel, but Forman felt that a different take on her character was appropriate so, The Nurse Ratched that the viewer is greeted with on the big screen, became one of the typical dime a dozen, strict and over-bearing evil stepmother stereotype popularized by many Disney movies (such as snow white’s evil stepmother), Forman’s portrayal of the Nurse although was different than the book both physically the mentally, her actress Louise Fletcher still did a exemplary job portraying the dark bitter women that the Nurse (at the core) really is. Forman gave the audience a more relatable antagonist while taking away elements of cruelty. Yet the Nurse was not alone on this metamorphosis of traits, the protagonist’s McMurphy as well has been subjected to “extreme” artistic licensing and differs quite a lot from his novel counterparts. In the novel McMurphy is described as being large “bobbling”, obnoxious, overly-social/talkative redhead. The McMurphy of the film, however, is about average in size, and even though he is shown to be a blabbermouth at time, he does not give of the impression of being
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