One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest final essay

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Fralick 1 David Fralick English 215 5 March 2009 Insanity? Or Not? In the world of mental health and treatment, there is no distinct “fine line” between sanity and insanity (black and white for example), but rather a gray area where sanity and insanity mesh together to make it more difficult to assess a patient’s disabilities and needs. Being committed to an institution can cause a patient to demonstrate emotions and feelings that resemble mental illness when in fact it is just his or her reaction to being confined. On the other hand, those patients who voluntarily commit themselves initially show a need for some intervention. Either way, there is evidence that mental health patients are not psychologically evaluated in the proper way before being committed to an institution, as well as improper treatment. In his novel, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest , Kesey seems to imply that most mental patients have to be treated on an individual basis to achieve any improvement, rather than a group setting. At the beginning of the novel, Kesey clearly illustrates how institutionalized the patients have become during this time period in the 1950’s. He describes how the separation between the Acutes and the Chronics immediately lays down the fine line between which patients the doctors and nurses think of as being curable or incurable. The patients live by a schedule that never changes, waking, eating, cleaning, sleeping, and even
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Fralick 2 using the restroom only twice a day, only when Nurse Ratched sees fit. The doctors have labeled the patients they believe cannot be helped as Chronic, left to die in the institution with no chance of recovery, while the Acutes are given a slim chance at recovering considering the hospital’s crude and outdated treatments, such as shock therapy and nineteenth century lobotomies. Between
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2009 for the course ENGL 215 taught by Professor Werner during the Spring '07 term at Clemson.

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