one flew over the cuckoos nest

Topics: Randle McMurphy / Pages: 3 (708 words) / Published: Oct 8th, 2013
“This is one of the most fantastic novels of individualism pitted against the vast depersonalization of industrial society ever written. Ken Kesey has an extraordinary grasp of the challenges faced by us all in modern civilization, and he is able to convey his ideas through some of the richest imagery I have ever read.” ‘Ann’ from ‘goodreads.com’

Good morning English panel chair. My name is Chelsea Pryde and today I will persuade you to pick the novel, ‘One flew over the cuckoos nest’ to be in the top 10 of books secondary schools queensland wide, should study.
Ken Kesey is the author of the novel. He was born in 1935 in Colorado, and died November 2001. Kesey was elected on high school to be likely to succeed. He became a volenteer in a program to test the effects of a new drug at the local veterans adminstration hospital. Kesey then discoved LSD and became interested in studying alterenative methods of perception. He then took a job in a mental instituation where he spoke extensively to the patients. This is when Kesey got the idea to write ‘one flew over the cuckoos nest’. It was written in the late 1950’s and published in 1962. The publisher was Viking press.
96% of the people who had review the book on website ‘Goodread.com’ liked the book and gave it a 4.6 star rating. That is point 2 more stars then the first harry potter book that only got 4.4 stars.
The element of the book that I will be exploring today is; the setting and cultural assumptions underpinning the novel. Representation of one character from the novel. An overview on the main issues presented in the text and the relevance to students. A connection of one major issue in relation to our 21st century contemporary world. And lastly the effects of the textual features of the texts, eg language, imagery, gaps and silences, visuals, and structural elements.

The book is based largely on Kesey’s experiences with mental patients. Through the conflict between nurse ratched and randle

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