Analysis Of Paranoia In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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The paper attempts to analyze the novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by considering the term paranoia as a postmodern condition that prevails in most of the American novels since 1960s. The paper proceeds from the analysis of the term paranoia and then examines how the concept suits the novel’s settings.
Paranoia is one of the more prominent issues taken up by contemporary North American novelists since 1960. Writers as divergent in matters of style and subject as Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, Joseph Heller, Robert Coover, Thomas Pynchon, Diane Johnson, Joseph McElroy, John Barth, Kathy Acker, Saul Bellow, Marge Piercy, Don DeLillo, William Gaddis, Ishmael Reed, and Margaret Atwood have also attempted to represent paranoid characters, communities, schemes, and lifestyles; history, technology and religion in their novels, says Patrick O’ Donnel in the article titled Engendering Paranoia in Contemporary Narrative(181) . Leo Bersani in the article titled Pynchon, Paranoia and Literature states that the “the word paranoia has had an extraordinarily complex medical, psychiatric, and psychoanalytic history” (99). Paranoia is a Greek word designating a distracted or deranged mind (101). Pynchon defines it as the "reflex of seeking other orders behind the visible" (100). Once the technical means of control have reached a certain size, a certain degree of being connected one to another, the chances for freedom are over for good". The paranoid intuition is, then, one of an

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