DEAR – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey is a stirring, and quite controversial book that elaborates whether or not somebody can actually be labeled crazy. As unconventional as it is already, it speculates more as the writer decided that the story would be told as an account of a bystander, and not of an account of one of the main characters.

In this case the bystanders name is Chief Bromden, A Native American, who has spent most of his adult life in the hospital. Severed by European influences, he decided that it would be better to fake being death and mute, than talking and being ignored.

This strategy of hiding from life is successful until a new patient, Randel McMurphy, arrives at the ward and brings the best of life with him. Disturbed by the regulations and rules of the ward McMurphy, decides to question them and their therapeutic values that they grant the ward. This successfully starts a war between the head nurse and McMurphy and slowly opens each member of the ward, out of their drug driven death, and releases them from their cages. But like typical stories this comes at a fatal cost.

 Vintery, mintery, cutery, corn,

Apple seed and apple thorn,

Wire, briar, limber lock

Three geese in a flock

One flew East,

One flew West,
And one flew over the cuckoo’s nest.


(A childhood rhyme that is referred too throughout the story, because of its significance towards the story)

-David. Connah

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