Outline Thesis: Irony, humor, and paradox illuminate the central themes in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest . I. About the novel A. Values and components B. Purpose II. About the principal characters A. Protagonist B. Narrator C. Antagonist III. About the themes A. Irony 1. Narrator selection 2. Atrophy of protagonist B. Humor 1. Ruth Sullivan 2. Character over-exaggeration C. Paradox 1. Oppression of residents 2. Power of Nurse Ratched Bibliography Davidson, Dorothy, ed. Book Review Digest: 1962. New York: The H.W.
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Irony, Humor, and Paradox in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest "My name is McMurphy, buddies, R.P. McMurphy, and I'm a gambling fool." So said Randle Patrick McMurphy upon his admission to the psychiatric ward in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. McMurphy, along with Chief Bromden and Big Nurse, make major contributions to the central themes in the novel. Irony, humor, and paradox illuminate the central themes in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a tall tale about a conflict of wills and social tract attacking the medieval and inhumane treatment of mental patients and calling for reform. This novel, upon which Kesey's critical reputation rests, among others values physical and moral strength, courage, independence, and nature as opposed to fear, passivity, timidity, dependence, group effort committees, and mechanization (Magill, Survey of Literature...