Themes In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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Statement of Intent My first piece for the writing portfolio will be an essay, on the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” directed by Miloš Forman. The key theme that will be discussed in the essay is called “Fighting the system”. The main element that i believe the director is exploring is the theme called “Fighting the system”, which can also be linked to the events that would of had occurred during the 1960s. Essay “Analyse how verbal AND visual features of a text (or texts) you have studied are used to give audiences a strong idea.” One flew over the cuckoo’s nest, directed by Miloš Forman is a film that follows the film’s protagonist, Randle McMurphy, as he undertakes the struggle of breaking the system set in a mental institution.…show more content…
Inconceivable to people living within the two superpowers of the cold war, (Russia and USA), the patients within the film live in utter control, without the pleasure to experience freedom, such as going outside whenever they please, or going to sleep. In terms of Russia and the USA it is inconceivable to them as they are persuaded into the fact that they leave in total freedom. The true experience shown through the use of setting demonstrates further aspects, such as being enclosed in a prison. For example, bars on the windows, metal gates that can only be opened with a key, barbed wire fences surrounding the main complex, also with the added security detail that is seen wearing a white uniform working within the mental faculty. These key aspects of the setting are really emphasised with the other elements that are to be discussed within the essay. The director's purpose for revealing this very bitter setting to the audience is to compare and contrast this environment within society living in the current era (60s-70s). The audience can then appreciate the strong idea of “Fighting the system” in a controlled society, because the idea of being trapped within a prison like environment, with your rights taken away from you, would make the audience feel heated. This is emotion of the director's purpose becomes more desired throughout the film, which creates an environment where the audience can compare their lifestyle and government with the prison which is portrayed within the
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