One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Analysis

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During the late nineteen fifties and early sixties, American society looked negatively on psychiatric wards and how to treat those that inhabited the wards along with the women that were fighting strongly for equality in the workplace, and in the community. In the wards of America, harsh operations were bestowed upon patients in hopes that it would cure whatever ailment the patient suffered from. In society, women fought for equality, and at times had impacts stronger than man. Ken Kesey accurately shows the struggle of the patients of a psychiatric ward that struggle with the impact of a stronger matriarchal society. By writing while experiencing the effects of hallucinogenic drugs, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest shows the struggles faced throughout the nineteen-fifties and sixties while also finding multiple ways to show the readers his realist views on life. Throughout the span of his life, Ken Kesey faced struggles, but persevered through until the end. Kesey was born on September 17th, 1935 in La Junta, California, to Frederick A. Kesey, and Geneva Smith (“Biography.com”). Kesey graduated from Springfield High School, and then Stanford College and the University of Oregon where he graduated (“Biography.com”). While in the University of Stanford he wrote unfinished works. Kesey was also a frequent user of hallucinogenic drugs such as marijuana and LSD. Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was written in 1959, and published in 1962. However, he made other
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