Comparative Essay, Book and Movie , One Flew Over the Coochoos nes. Book/Movie

Essay by Peter SwisherHigh School, 11th gradeA+, November 1996

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Comparison of Book and Movie 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest is a book written by Ken Kesey to accomplish a certain mood within it's chapters. The feelings and moods given in the book differ greatly from those in the movie because of multiple changes in character development. Each and every time a movie is produced from a book, the producers are forced to change parts of the story in order to suit the audiences needs for a faster paced plot. It is impossible to capture every mood or setting which the author creates. What is lost can sometimes be the real meaning behind the story.

The characterization of chief Bromden is a good example of the changes made from book to movie. His past is a vital piece of information contributing to the mood and understanding of the story. In the movie, Bromden is nothing more than a crazy Indian who doesn't want to talk so pretends to be deaf and dumb.

Much of the understanding and respect is lost in the transition between book and movie. In the book, Bromden has flashbacks to his childhood, lighting on significant points in his childhood. His background is never even brushed upon in the movie. Of course it would have been nearly impossible to tell of Bromdens life in a movie, much less show the world from his point of view as in the book. Bromden is still a very interesting character but the real puzzle to his problems is lost.

McMurphy is a very sly, cunning man. He knows how to play his game and does it well. In the book as McMurphy progresses, he goes through many stages where he is rebellious, then docile, then rebellious again. This is due...