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A review of ken keseys one flew over the cuckoos nest

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  1. Two related episodes involve prostitute friends of McMurphy's.
  2. Physical attacks, some resulting in injury and death, occur in the book.
  3. In fact, as an icon of the counterculture it as, at least, ironic that they can be read this way.

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Educational Value While this book requires a mature reader because of its harrowing setting and adult themes, it does offer a cultural snapshot of the midth century and the effects of rapid industrialization that will resonate with today's nature-vs. Also, while Kesey's style is vernacular, he's well steeped in literary tradition, so fans of mythology and heroic tales will find much to delight them here.

  • They resonate within our minds because they strike the touchstones of our shared understandings;
  • McMurphy is serving time for statutory rape; Nurse Ratched uses her patients' sexual inadequacies to keep them in thrall; there are various references to porn magazines, etc;
  • And when he was writing, he worked the graveyard shift in the psychiatric ward and actually underwent real-life shock treatment;
  • And when he was writing, he worked the graveyard shift in the psychiatric ward and actually underwent real-life shock treatment;
  • The inmates have all kinds of psychological issues which make for some hilarious situations;
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Positive Messages With the stipulation that this is not a kids' book, there's a positive message in the various ways characters find their strength and stand up for themselves, and the overall sense of justice being done. Chief Bromden, the narrator, is notable for his steadfastness, strength of character, and, as it turns out, wise perspective. Violence While the book is not awash in gore, it's fraught with violence. Most of its characters are confined to a mental hospital, where the employees regularly subject them to mental and physical abuse.

  1. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. He is naturally charismatic and is not afraid of challenging authority so he quickly becomes the leader of the inmates.
  2. This nurse is one of the great villains of literature.
  3. McMurphy heals him he stops stuttering after McMurphy procures a woman for him , but he denounces McMurphy to Nurse Ratched and then commits suicide. McMurphy is serving time for statutory rape; Nurse Ratched uses her patients' sexual inadequacies to keep them in thrall; there are various references to porn magazines, etc.
  4. Positive Messages With the stipulation that this is not a kids' book, there's a positive message in the various ways characters find their strength and stand up for themselves, and the overall sense of justice being done. The protagonist reminisces fondly about having sex at age 9 with one of his contemporaries.

Some of the patients are there because they're violent themselves. The narrator has dreams and visions involving worse violence. Physical attacks, some resulting in injury and death, occur in the book.

Sex While no actual sex is described except as happening offstage, references to it abound, sometimes in bragging, sometimes in juvenile teasing, sometimes in hostile rants.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

McMurphy is serving time for statutory rape; Nurse Ratched uses her patients' sexual inadequacies to keep them in thrall; there are various references to porn magazines, etc. Two related episodes involve prostitute friends of McMurphy's. Language The occasional f-word and liberal profanity, plus definitely jarring racial language e.

What parents need to know Parents need to know that while this book is on many short lists for the Great American Novel, and with good cause, it is one big Parental Advisory from cover to cover, starting with politically incorrect racial references in the second sentence and progressing rapidly to variations on sex, violence, hatred, and people treating each other badly before the plot's even gotten under way.

And this in the context of a mental hospital, so there's an extra element of pathology to it all.

There is not merely smoking, drinking, cursing, drugs, and gambling, but also hookers. The protagonist reminisces fondly about having sex at age 9 with one of his contemporaries. In short, it's not for innocents or the faint-hearted, yet it is often assigned to upper-grade high school students. Parents may want to read it themselves in preparation for discussing any issues that arise -- both the peculiar behavior and the literary themes.

  • The movie was terrific but the novel is even better;
  • McMurphy dies for his sins--after McMurphy is lobotomized, the Chief smothers him rather than see him live on as a broken man and then breaks out of the Hospital by heaving the enormous control panel through a window i;
  • He is McMurphy's Judas;
  • This is a great book and belongs on the shelf with Orwell , Brave New World , Farenheit , Clockwork Orange , Darkness at Noon and Cool Hand Luke --the Century's great dystopic fantasies that have best symbolized the human dilemma and come down on the side of Freedom.

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