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Lionel Sims III American Studies 141 Jonathon Pickett Passage Analysis In the novels “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey and “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, particular syntax and diction of the two reflect each other in the sense that they have similar structures, yet seem to convey separate but not necessarily opposite meanings. “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is the story of a man named Randle McMurphy who is transferred to a mental asylum in an attempt to evade his work farm prison sentence. It is narrated by the large but docile man, named “Chief” Bromden for his Columbian Indian (Native American) heritage. Although the chief is a large man he is a schizophrenic with serious esteem issues. Which manifest themselves as his willingness to pretend to be a deaf mute for years until finally undergoing a transformation and talking to McMurphy. The passage from this novel that I would like to analyze deals entirely with the chief and his issues with size in general. The passage starts at the beginning of page 207 with McMurphy and the chief having a conversation in their respective beds across from each other in the ward. The beginning of the passage is just
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McMurphy telling a story of something that happened to him as a child in hopes of relating to the chief’s reluctance to speak. Then as the chief begins to give insight into his life before the asylum in regards to his parents and their relationship, there is one word that he and McMurphy continue to repeat throughout their dialog. The word was “big”. This word stuck out to me not only because of the repetition, but because although McMurphy and the chief were talking to each other and using the same word over and over again they each seemed to have their own definitions
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