One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest: An Analysis

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In human culture, there is a constant battle between order and control and originality and free thinking. In the novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, R P McMurphy is an energetic, spontaneous new arrival at an Oregon psychiatric ward who wants to bring life into the place, but Nurse Ratched, who manages the facility, runs a strict, orderly and very structured program that has no place for fun or individuality. Ken Kesey wrote his novel in 1962, at the height of the hippie generation, the push of young Americans rebelling against the system, and an abundance of psychedelic drugs running rampant across the country. Kesey turns McMurphy and Nurse Ratched into contemporary metaphors for the 1960s, where the battle for dominance and
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