One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Figurative Language

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Ken Kesey’s figurative language in his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, illustrates that a broken individual can be made whole again. Throughout his life, Bromden has always been assumed to be deaf and dumb. When he speaks to people, their “machinery disposes of the words like they were not even spoken” (181). Here, Kesey’s metaphor represents the effect that Bromden’s words have on a mind plagued with societal expectations. Bromden is a large, Native American man that does not conform to the mold set by the Combine. To society, he is a broken piece of machinery that is to be discarded as if it were trash. McMurphy, like a mechanic, is able to “fix” Bromden. The words that Bromden speaks fit perfectly into McMurphy’s brain. As another
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