Samantha Henderson Comp. 104 : October Book Report Teresa Long 31 October 2016 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest withholds many lessons throughout the story as well as in the text itself. In the opening lines of the novel it is learned that the perspective is that of an Indian man that pretends to be deaf and dumb to fool those at the mental institution. He believed that everything at the institution is run by the “combine” including the head nurse of the ward, Miss Ratched.
Slaughterhouse-5: A tale of human war and Suffering Eternity of life is just an equivocal concept. Can a being live perpetually, even if not alive at this moment? This is just one philosophical point made by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. in his book “ Slaughterhouse-5”. Vonnegut, having experienced the calamity of the Dresden bombing wrote this book to concede suffering, and not to publicize or propagandize any kind of fallacy that this is an anti-war book.
For thousands of years, people have puzzled over the question “What gives something its identity?” There are several different lines of philosophical thinking that seek to answer this question. Some people believe that an item’s identity is derived from its material composition. Others support a more objective viewpoint that it is others’ memories of something that gives it its identity, or one’s own personal memories. In The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby experiences a situation which could lead someone to question his identity.
“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
Since Willy has only seen success come to those who are well liked he has a firm belief that success can only be achieved through being well liked by others, Willy sees great potential for success in his sons, especially his oldest son Biff whom is his personal favorite. “One such deficit that has long been suggested in the traditional clinical literature as playing an etio-logical role is that abusive parents have unrealistic expectations of their child's behavior (i.e., they overestimate their child's capabilities; Steele & Pollock, 1968).” Biff is the golden child, the one whom he had dreams of greatness, and the first born. “The order in which a person is born into their family plays a substantial role in the individual’s development of personality, character, intelligence, and career choices.” (Stewart et al., 2001).
In the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey, one can say that McMurphy’s tragic flaw is his ego of thinking he can win any situation with his charm. When McMurphy walks into the combine, he instantly charms the patients when he shakes everyone's hand. Any circumstance that is a task to McMurphy’s distinguished character, he will dissident against. In the mental ward, the controlling, devious Nurse Ratched delivers that precise test.
During World War Two, the firebombing of Dresden, Germany, lasted two days, and killed 135,000 people. Billy Pilgrim survives this tragedy, and lives to tell the tale. In the novel Slaughter-house Five, Kurt Vonnegut utilizes the worst firebombing in war history to illustrate how violence can take a dramatic toll on someone that is irreversible and life-changing, often to the point of mental illness. Vonnegut writes that it is “a novel somewhat in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the planet tralfamadore.”
I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and I am on page 188. This book is about Scout, Dill, and Jem finding a mad dog named Tim Johnson. Atticus shoots it and they learn that he was the best shot in Maycomb county when he was younger. Jem gets mad at Mrs. Dubose and wrecks her camellias because she says bad things about Atticus. He has to read to her everyday for two hours as a punishment.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Some films have been particularly noteworthy for breaking the Indian stereotype. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest featured an important contemporary role played by an Indian actor. In a scene where McMurphy (played by Jack Nicholson) gives a supposedly mute Indian Chief named Bromden (played by Indian actor Will Sampson) some Juicyfruit gum, “what the audience heard was far removed from the stereotypical ‘hows’ and ‘ughs’ and ‘kemosabes’ of tinsel moviedom” (Rollins and O’Connor, 1998:12): Bromden: Ahh Juicyfruit.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a book written by Ken Kesey. He portrays the leading character Randall P. McMurphy to be the typical anti-hero alike much of the other main characters in other storylines. Numerous issues arise as an antihero, including seeking redemption for the good of others. In the other storylines Harry Potter and Breaking Bad, characteristics can be taken from other anti-heroes in which assist in proving that McMurphy is in fact an anti-hero. Things such as courage and doing things for moral purposes are not apparent in anti-heroes, and they usually carry an unidealistic flaw which raises an issue throughout the storyline.
Commonly the protagonist of a story is the hero, showing the typical characteristics of bravery, strength, and ingenuity, while always undertaking dangerous tasks to help others. However, there are different kinds of heroes, who range in their attributes. An anti-hero has both good and bad qualities to their character and generally has moral flaws. The personality of anti-heroes is more of a villainous nature and is the character of a story that is more relatable. R.P. McMurphy from Ken Kesey’s One