One Who Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Should Be Banned Essay

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Banned Book Argument Essay on One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey’s novel, One Who Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest, has been challenged by people who believe it to be to mature for high school students, however, it can help seniors to understand the flaws in some psychiatric hospitals and understand the type of people all while improving their reading skills. Kesey’s novel can help influence future seniors to understand how there are even faults in mental hospitals as well as learn more about the patients. One of the main reasons this book should not be banned is that it can help seniors transition from medium level reading to a more adult and higher level reading. Some people argue that Kesey’s book has some harsh adult content that …show more content…

In order to create a realistic feel of the characters and story, Kesey created his characters that used adult graphic language to express themselves. For example, Harding explains how the patients are too weak to face Nurse Ratched saying, “’ this world… belongs to the strong, my friend! The ritual of our existence is based on the strong getting stronger by devouring the weak. We must face up to this. No more than right that should be this way. We must learn to accept it as a law of the natural world…’”. With this description, Kesey creates a depressing mood as the patients realize their fate of being in there for the rest of their lives. He also makes the reader feel sympathetic for the patients by creating a gloomy image of these hopeless men. Furthermore, Kesey uses this graphic language to show some of the terrible flaws that occur in some of the psychiatric hospitals. For instance, when Chief Bromden described what had happened to another patient, who had questioned what was in his medicine, by saying, “And they brought him back to the ward two weeks later, bald and the front of his face an oily purple bruise and two little button-sized plugs stitched one above each eye”. By describing the patient, Kesey makes the reader create a picture of how tough and abusive the staff of the hospital …show more content…

Many people have always thought that the patients in a mental hospital were not intelligent, however, Kesey shows that they are as smart as any normal human, but suffering from a mental illness. For example, Harding begins to realize that their mental illness can be used to their advantage by saying, “Think of it: Perhaps the more insane a man is, the more powerful he could become”. Harding begins to learn that with their mental illness they can be able to manipulate others through their fears of people with mental illnesses. With this type of thought process Kesey helps the reader to realize that these patients are capable of thinking the way we do, and that just because a person has a mental illness does not mean that they are unintelligent. Earlier in the novel, Harding can also tell that there are patients in the mental hospital that are intelligent saying, “I had judged from our encounter this morning that you are more intelligent-an illiterate clod, perhaps, certainly a backwoods braggart with no more sensitivity than a goose but basically intelligent nevertheless”. Even the patients in the hospital are able to tell that the majority of the patients in there are very smart in how they observe others and trick them into thinking that they are unintelligent. By thinking like this, the

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