One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Cultural Analysis

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My understanding of cultural and contextual considerations in Ken Kesey’s realistic-fiction novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was greatly developed through my participation in the Interactive Oral. We debated whether Chief Bromden’s emphasis on the over-demanding Combine and the __ character of Mr. McMurphy was based on credible evidence or misperception and came to the conclusion that this was too superficial and artificial a way of looking at the question. A better approach would be to say that it is important to doubt Chief Bromden’s credibility because his narration reveals evident signs of schizophrenia. Thus, this goes beyond understanding of __. ____ shows the reader that the __ approach comes more from __ than the ___ itself as he is in a state of power struggle. Unlike Chief Bromden, who has acquiesced to the Big Nurse’s policies, Mr. McMurphy despises her devious antics, and in doing so he frequently gets into __ with her. It is this transgression that causes him to become bitterly hostile, as he no longer has the faith and confidence in the past that any honorable member of society should, and therefore he acts in increasingly compulsive and violent ways.…show more content…
However, provocative questions and statements such as ‘who exactly leads the ward to its downfall after all?’ and ‘surely __ is looking at culture in a more sophisticated way than this!’ slowly took us to a different conclusion. We inferred that there were many evident racial tensions in the story; there seems to be an emphasis on white dominance throughout the novel. For example, Chief Bromden expresses the difficulties/ stereotypes he was forced to face as a Native American and also mentions how the black orderlies are not respected by the Big

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