One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ken Kesey

„ Explain the symbolism of the fog. „ Discuss Bromden as a narrator: Is he reliable? What perspective can he give us? . Response Journal for Ch 1-4 „ Explain Kesey’s use of parenthesis in the first few chapters.You have 15 minutes to answer the following questions.

he married his high school sweetheart in 1956 and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1957. Kesey met Vic Lovell. Kesey agreed to be a paid subject in drug experimentation. .Ken Kesey 1935-2001 „ Born in Oregon in 1935. a psychology student who was doing experiments with psychomimetic drugs. Kesey grew up in Colorado. „ In graduate school the following year.

Ken Kesey 1935-2001 „ One of the drugs tested was LSD. Kesey sank deeper into the drug culture and developed into a leader of the counterculture hippie set. (Eventually.” .) „ Kesey formed the Merry Pranksters. Throughout the 1960’s. under which Kesey wrote sections of Cuckoo’s Nest. he later returned and served 6 months in jail. a group of people who lived together and at one time traveled around the country on a painted bus they called “Further. he was arrested for drugs and fled to Mexico to avoid prison.

Newsweek. Hunter S. At age 60. Esquire. Jack Kerouac. „ Kesey remained in the public eye with articles in numerous magazines. In 1997. . Other contemporaries include Timothy Leary. he reunited with the Merry Pranksters at a Phish concert. Thompson. he appeared in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. such as Rolling Stone. Neal Cassady. and High Times. as well as in poems by Allen Ginsberg.Ken Kesey 1935-2001 „ The misdeeds of the Merry Pranksters were chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1967). one of his last public performances. and The Grateful Dead.

he is memorialized in print as well as on the internet. „ Kesey died in November of 2001. „ Kesey is often remembered as the link between the Beat generation of the 1950’s and the Hippie generation of the 1960’s. . after an operation for liver cancer.“I was too young to be a beatnik and too old to be a hippie” (1999). „ Kesey’s beliefs continue to influence the next generation.

Kesey started formulating the plot for Cuckoo’s Nest. It has been adapted into a Broadway play and an Academy-award winning film and is taught regularly in college classrooms.One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey „ While working in the mental institution. He decided many of the patients were nonconformists rather than insane. . „ Cuckoo’s Nest was published in 1962. „ He wrote parts of the book while on acid. Many characters were based on actual patients and staff at the hospital. especially to create Chief Bromden.

from the frontal cortex. LSD was the original centerpiece of the CIA's top secret MK-ULTRA project. a remedy for everything from schizophrenia to criminal behavior. Generally. A type of psychosurgery performed to alleviate mental disturbances by severing the midbrain. LSD causes expansion and altered experience of senses. and certain forms of schizophrenia . A psychiatric treatment method in which electricity is used to produce a generalized seizure. It was introduced into the US in 1948 and marketed as a psychiatric cure-all. memories. sexual perversions and alcoholism. an ambitious undertaking conducted from the 1950s-1970s designed to explore the possibilities of pharmaceutical mind control. time. used to treat mania. the seat of the higher mental processes.Preliminary research Lysergic acid diethylamide. and awareness. which is associated with emotional arousal. emotions. major depression.

Major motifs „ The dangers of dehumanization „ Good versus evil „ Individuality vs. conformity „ The corrupting nature of power „ Appearance versus reality „ Physical and moral courage „ Sanity versus insanity „ Biblical allegory „ Therapeutic role of nature and laughter „ Importance of sexuality .

in the 1950’s „ Tone: critical and allegorical. . with the author’s attitudes depicted through Bromden and McMurphy „ Point of view: Chief Bromden narrates in first person. as events appear to him.One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest „ Setting: a mental institution in the Pacific Northwest. specifically Oregon. compromised by paranoia and hallucinations and enhanced by the fact that he overhears staff conversations.

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