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Ken Kesey

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one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest-ken-keseyMain CharactersNurse RatchedManipulative head nurse Randle McMurphyCharismatic, fearless new leader of the wardNarrator who feigns being hearing and speech impairedChief BromdenPatients considered incurablePatients considered curableBilly Bibbit31-year-old patient who commits suicideChief Bromden, Part 1ut it's the truth even if it didn't happen.Kesey wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest based on experiences he had while working as an aid in a Veterans' Hospital. His participation in a scientific study on the effects of LSD influenced his depictions of insanity in the novel.KEN KESEY1935–2001Conformity vs. RebellionNurse Ratched molds the men to fit into society, while Randle McMurphy leads them to challenge her. PowerBoth Nurse Ratched and McMurphy gain power through coercion and false-kindness. Winning is more important than compassion.SanityThe hospital staff and patients mirror each other, calling into question the sanity of both—and of society in general.MachineryMachinery keeps everyone compliant, symbolizing the pressure to conform.Day RoomThe Shock ShopFogFog symbolizes the aggression of the healthcare workers and the mental states their treatments create.One Flew Over theCuckoos Nestby the NumbersRank on Radcliffe Publishing Course's list of the top novels of the 20th century 28Year electroconvulsive (electroshock) therapy was introduced1938AuthorThemesAcademy Awards won by the film adaptation (1975) starring Jack Nicholson5Shock Shop TableBromden compares it to the Cross.Sources: American Library Association, Modern Library, National Institutes of Health, The Oregon History Project, The TelegraphCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Ken Kesey1962EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageOne Flew Overthe Cuckoos NestFictionSet inside a psych ward in the 1950s, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest explores the dynamics of power, manipulation, and freedom. Chief Bromden, a speech-impaired person with schizophrenia, narrates as the ward is turned upside down by the arrival of the wily and daring Randle McMurphy.Life Inside the CombineSYMBOLSNurses' Station

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