One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Research Paper

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Nguyen,Michelle, Research Paper "To hell with facts! We need stories!" - Ken Kesey Ken Kesey was an author well known for his rational writing style. Of his many works of literature, his most famous is One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest; a novel revolving around the pressures of society and shame. Kesey is considered one of the most influential authors in modern American Literature as a, “...counter-cultural figure who was a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s” (Curtis, A). Living in the Psychedelic Era greatly influenced Kesey's writing. Kesey lived a life very few people would ever imagine of living, he voluntarily took part in government testing, and wrote a novel that changed American literature. Ken Elton Kesey had the ‘all American’ lifestyle most people wish to have. Kesey was…show more content…
Hearing things through their point of view inspired Kesey to write One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Kesey realized that the patients were not crazy, but were not societies definition of ‘normal’. Kesey’s experience with LSD had made him more sympathetic towards the patients. What the patients told him were most likely exaggerated, but none the less interesting, "To hell with facts! We need stories!" (Ken Kesey). The stories told to him sparked his interest, and he began taking LSD while he wrote, “...believe... psychedelic drugs could enable him to see things the way they were truly meant to be seen.” (123helpme). Kesey used the drugs to influence him, never thinking that it would change his life. Kesey’s novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest became very successful. The novel was later adapted to a play as well as a movie. The movie won five awards, however Kesey himself was not very fond of the movie because unlike the novel, “... the film was not narrated by the Chief Bromden,”

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