One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest

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There are many different writing styles in literature and each author has a unique touch to the writing style they use. Kenneth Elton Kesey chose to write in a stream of consciousness style for many of his novels including One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. The reasoning behind this was because of his major usage of LSD and other hallucinogens.

Many people such as myself believe that the first step to understanding why a certain author wrote a certain way can stem from who they are as a person and things that have influenced them in their life. I think this proves to be especially true in regards of Ken Kesey. Ken Kesey was born September 17, 1935 in La Junta, Colorado and lived with his parents Frederick and Geneva. He went to the University of Oregon and majored in speech and communication. He later married his high school sweetheart, Norma Faye Haxby in 1956 during his senior year of college. He later had 3 children with Norma. After he graduated he received a fellowship to enroll in a creative writing program at Stanford University, in which later is where he wrote his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. At Stanford he became part of a government research study for extra money where he ingested LSD and other drugs such as psilocybin, mescaline, cocaine, AMT, and DMT. He also worked the night shift as an orderly in a psychiatric ward at Menlo Park Veterans Hospital. (Oakes, Elizabeth). While there he spent time talking to patients under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs. This influenced Ken to write about the psychiatric environment in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and developed a major theme in the book that the patients were not actually insane but that society pushed them out because they didn’t fit the role of how people were to supposed to act and behave in normal society.
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