Common Assement 3 Final Essay

Essay by AwolowoJunior High, 9th gradeA, October 2014

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One Flew East, One Flew West, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

A person's immorality can determine how others will act towards him. The novel constantly refers to different authorities that control individuals through subtle and choric methods. Themes of individuality and rebellion against conformity are ideas that were widely discussed at or during the time when the United States was opposing communism and totalitarian regimes. The book takes place in a mental hospital in the 1960's. The people in the mental ward thought that the narrator, a half-native American, was deaf. The main character, McMurphy, who the narrator analyzes and observes through all of his actions, changes the way the ward is ran and changes the perspective of how other patients see the ward as. In his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kessey employs dialogue, imagery, and symbolism in order to address characters being evil or immoral.

The reader has to determine at the end of the book why we should exert sympathy for McMurphy. Although, based on McMurphy's actions alone, the reader may be tempted to view him as immoral or evil. Ken Kessey's use of these devices allows the reader to gain a deeper understanding of McMurphy and why he acts the way he does in the mental hospital ward.

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Ken Kessey utilizes dialogue to assert McMurphy's immorality to the reader. The doctor tells McMurphy about his criminal offences but, McMurphy tries to back himself up."'… Repeated gambling and one arrest for rape' Doctor says.

'She wouldn't testify. With a child of fifteen she said she was 17, and she was plenty and willing'" (Kessey 45). The immorality of McMurpy has set a bias standard for others on the ward. People on...