Individualism In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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In Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, using a pen as his weapon the author wages a war for individualism against our oppressive society. Ironically, the race and gender stereotypes he employs are oppressive themselves. The book is about the struggle between chaos and order. There’s no freedom without a little chaos, yet to maintain order, there must be oppression. McMurphy upsets the established routine of the ward, asking for schedule changes and inspiring resistance during therapy sessions. He teaches his fellow denizens to have fun and encourages them to embrace their human desires such as watching baseball and playing cards. He convinces them that not only are they sane, but they are men and they are superior to the matriarchal
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