One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
In our discussions of One Flew Over the Cuckoo?s Nest, we have debated about the sanity of various characters, and the definition of ?sane? and ?normal.? Whether we believe a character is truly ?crazy? or not, the fact remains that the novel is set in a mental institution, and a clear line has been drawn between who is sane and who is mentally ill. Your task in this essay assignment is to investigate why that is, and to decide for yourself how accurate that distinction is. You must answer the following general question in your essay: Is she/he (or was she/he ever) insane?

You will pick one of the following characters to focus your essay on:

Chief Bromden (Please choose this person!!)



Billy Bibbit

Nurse Ratched

You must assess your character?s sanity by looking carefully at the reasons why she/he would and would not be considered mentally ill. While your essay should be making a clear argument for one diagnosis or the other, you need to present the clearest picture possible of her/his state of mind throughout the entire novel. Consider how she/he views her/himself, how she/he behaves, and how she/he reacts to and interacts with the people and world around her/him. Furthermore, consider how others see her/him. How does the character?s struggle with and against the concept of normalcy affect others? perception of her/him?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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