One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Analysis

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The concepts of pursuing, becoming and sustaining the status of boss permeate the characters in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. Throughout the novel, the characters face a multitude of platforms for their choices and actions. In order to sustain the title of boss, characters must be able to overthrow the system that they all have grown used to and can’t imagine life without. These characters stay motivated through the feelings of fear, rejection, and revenge. This motivations lead them to realize the flaws in the system they’ve been living through most of their lives. Ultimately, their journey for happiness leads to a damaged yet triumphant escape. Near the beginning of the book, a new admission to the institute is revealed. Before it is revealed who the new person was, Chief gave the reader a run-down on what usually happens to new admissions. They get them into the shower & the black boys take their “temperature” with a gallon of vaseline to introduce them. But this new admission isn’t like any other admission, he refuses the shower, saying they already cleaned him at the courthouse. Chief and the other patients at the institute were baffled at the fact somebody refused what they thought was tradition. When he goes to introduce himself to the other patients, he attempts to greet them by saying “Good mornin’ buddies” then “Mighty nice fall day”. These greetings were met with silence and confusion from the patients. Then, he laughs. Chief explains why this
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