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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Essay

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In sum, Kesey constructs this novel in a way that allows him to utilise literary devices and challenge aspects of society. Kesey employs three ideas related to the reality of the time and place setting of the mental institution. These ideas include tragedy, sanity vs insanity, and predetermined fate. Two literary devices that effectively communicate important three of the most significant ideas include the author’s use of structure and characterisation. The utilisation of these literary devices allow the author to challenge the reader and their perspective of the mentally ill and more specifically, societal norms in regards to the mentally ill.

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Fiction Literature Randle McMurphy One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Nurse Ratched Ratched Ken Kesey Insanity Bromden Randel McMurphy
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Fiction Literature Randle McMurphy One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Nurse Ratched Ratched Ken Kesey Insanity Bromden Randel McMurphy
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Introduction Ken Kesey’s novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1962), depicts the stark reality faced by mentally ill patients in a psychiatric ward in North Western America. “Chief” Bromden, who is a selectively deaf and mute Native American, narrates the novel. Kesey captures a microcosm of American society, with a focus on the societal norms at the time that widely accepted the mistreatment of the mentally ill. In the novel, the author utilises narrative structure and symbolism as literary devices that propel the development of three main ideas. The three ideas central to this novel include oppression, the insane versus the sane as well as the idea of predetermined fate. For these three ideas to take...
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