A Lack of Redeemable Attributes: The Banning of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Vexatious environments have been established in a myriad of schools across the United States. The cause, the teaching of inhumane, offensive, and disturbing material in books. Some of the greatest narratives have questionable content, however many books contain content that causes not only parents, but teachers and students to question if these books should be taught. While countless books have been challenged, many of these bans have no credibility. However the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey validates that books should be banned. The novel follows the rebellious actions of McMurphy narrated through Chief Bromden, as they attempt to overthrow …show more content…
Readers generally connect more with the characters than the plot of a story. Characters are like the brushes used to paint an artwork. The story is carried through them and their actions. Minor characters affect the book less, and major characters leave a lasting impression. In a study from Ohio State University it was discovered that, "When you 'lose yourself' inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behavior and thoughts to match that of the character" (Grabmeire 1). The actions and aspects of fictional characters can alter those of students exposed to books. In the case of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, it would be objectionable to force students to study a personality altering book. Any book can be taught, however the poor character choice in the book demonstrates that it should not be taught. The characters in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest have tendencies and behavior issues that would indefinitely affect students. It would be unjust to teach this book to students, as they would receive lessons from the characters that may stunt and hinder them in the future. As a result of the influence of fictional characters on a reader, the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest should not be taught. Fore it would be unreasonable to force students to inherit poor
Moral Lense Literary Analysis of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest The 1950s, the context of which One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a novel by Ken Kesey, was written, was called the Era of Conformity. During this time, the American social atmosphere was quiet conformed, in that everyone was expected to follow the same, fixed format of behavior in society, and the ones who stand out of being not the same would likely be “beaten down” by the social norms. In the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Kesey argues that it is immoral for society to simply push its beliefs onto the people who are deemed different, as it is unfair and could lead to destructive results. First of all, it is unjust for people who are deemed unalike from others in society to be forced into the preset way of conduct because human tend to have dissimilar nature.
Science has proven that reading can provoke positive changes in us as human beings. Annie Murphy Paul is the author of the article ‘Your Brain on Fiction’ published on March 17, 2012. Annie explains how researchers have discovered that reading can initiate different parts of the brain, this is the reason why sometimes literature can make the reader so engaged and attached to a piece of writing. Research also explains how reading has the ability to produce activity in our brain’s motor cortex. Finally, Annie explains how reading fictional pieces can change how you interact with other individuals.
The Catcher in The Rye, a novel by J.D Salinger, is a widely known book, and not shocking to find that it’s a banned book in many schools. Holden-the main protagonist and narrator, is a young boy trying to fit into the world of the 1950’s. He thinks in order to fit in, he has to stand out. He tells stories(lies) to people who couldn’t care less, while the thinks he’s doing them a favor. He can become compassionate to people he loves or cares about, and to children that he thinks should hold onto their childhood.
Human nature is the feelings, attributes, and behavioral traits that all humans share. Many works of fiction use multiple ways to convey messages that readers can relate to, to help them have an extensive understanding of the fictional story. Since human nature is found all throughout society, authors incorporate different relationships that characters have with one another, which teaches people how to act and interact with others. Different fictional books often reveal elements of human nature through conflict between the characters during a certain event in a story. In “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” the main character Greg, wanted to play basketball, but his father said that he had to have sufficient grades on his next report card, unfortunately
To dehumanize someone is to strip an individual of their individuality including their human attributes and qualities. For as long as mental illnesses have been known, people have treated those with illnesses much differently. A particular assertion i tend to agree with is that people who have mental disorders are always dehumanized in some way. This dehumanization is shown in One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest alongside other perspectives such as a live and pop culture point of view.
This book should be taught to High School students across the country, and it should not be a banned book. To Kill a Mockingbird teaches students morals, and ethics. The book is still partially accurate to what some people go through even in today’s world, and what the books reads is still a part of history that should not be covered up and tucked away. To Kill a Mockingbird should still be taught in school systems, and should not be a banned book because the novel focuses on a part of history that should not be ignored.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey, considers the qualities in which society determines sanity. The label of insanity is given when someone is different from the perceived norm. Conversely, a person is perceived as sane when their behavior is consistent with the beliefs of the majority. Although the characters of this novel are patients of a mental institution, they all show qualities of sanity. The book is narrated by Chief Brodmen, an observant chronic psychiatric patient, who many believe to be deaf and dumb.
Just as humans try to understand why other humans do what they do, readers try to understand why characters do what they do while reading a novel. Psychological Criticism, derived from Sigmund Freud’s theories of psychology, allows readers to understand character behaviors and events in terms of psychoanalytic concepts. Freud believed events in a person’s childhood influenced his or her unconscious, which in turn affects his or her behavior: the idea that “human beings are motivated, even driven, by desires, fears, needs, and conflicts of which they are unaware” (Brizee). Freud says “[...] repression doesn’t eliminate our painful experiences and emotions [...] we unconsciously behave in ways that will allow us to play out [...] our conflicted
In Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, using a pen as his weapon the author wages a war for individualism against our oppressive society. Ironically, the race and gender stereotypes he employs are oppressive themselves. The book is about the struggle between chaos and order. There’s no freedom without a little chaos, yet to maintain order, there must be oppression. McMurphy upsets the established routine of the ward, asking for schedule changes and inspiring resistance during therapy sessions.
Ken Kesey uses his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, to describe the lives of patients in a mental institution, and their struggle to overcome the oppressive authority under which they are living. Told from the point of view of a supposedly mute schizophrenic, the novel also shines a light on the many disorders present in the patients, as well as how their illnesses affect their lives during a time when little known about these disorders, and when patients living with these illnesses were seen as an extreme threat. Chief Bromden, the narrator of the novel, has many mental illnesses, but he learns to accept himself and embrace his differences. Through the heroism introduced through Randle McMurphy, Chief becomes confident in himself, and is ultimately able to escape from the toxic environment Nurse Ratched has created on the ward. Chief has many disorders including schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and, in addition to these illnesses, he pretends to be deaf and dumb.
The mandate to teach civic and moral character in the classroom and how it should be taught is disputed, especially including classic literature in the curriculum. Classic literature is defined as having some sort of outstanding quality that endures through time, agreed upon literary experts. Some educators and schools consider some content in classic literature too mature for school learning or being too complicated for classroom usage. They contend that it is archaic and unrelatable to the students as the classroom becomes more diverse and pluralistic. Notwithstanding, others debate that classic literature contains enlightening moral and civic dilemmas.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest The film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, prompts very important aspect of the human condition. In the movie, the protagonist, Mac McMurphy, is deemed dangerous, so the mental institute tries to suppress him (Kesey). The film highlights various aspects of human conditions like psychology, sociology and philosophy. The mental institute tries to suppress the mentally challenged people rather than to try to communicate with them.