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Sara Ann

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Comments (6)

paul bonnell said

at 2:39 pm on Nov 3, 2011

So, why is it called One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? I mean, what's the title all about?

sarat said

at 2:42 pm on Nov 3, 2011

Well I think the title is kind of about McMurphy at first. Just because he's not really crazy, at least not when he first gets there. He's like a bird at first cuz he's free. It's being in the insane asylum that holds him down and turns him crazy I think. But if that wouldn't have happened then Brombden would have never gotten to "fly over the cuckoo's nest" and be free again too.

paul bonnell said

at 2:45 pm on Nov 3, 2011

So, do you think that it's the inmates or the asylum that's crazy? How does this relate to the quote-unquote real world?

sarat said

at 2:51 pm on Nov 3, 2011

Well the patients most certainly have their problems but I don't think it's until they get to the asylum that they get them. And I don't feel like the asylum is crazy either, the asylum is trying to fix different I think. Anybody who doesn't meet the "standards of society" is put in an asylum and isn't "fixed" until they role over and become like everyone else. What I thought was funny is that most of them chose to be there because they were so convinced that they couldn"t function in the real world. The asylum drives them to insanity by reverse pcsychology I think. Big Nurse tells them they're crazy and they agree with her because they are afraid to be different and they are afraid to stand up to something bigger than them. When McMurphy gets there, he lets them know its ok to be different, that maybe they're not as crazy as Big Nurse tells them they are.

paul bonnell said

at 2:56 pm on Nov 3, 2011

So, if the world is the asylum. Or the system is, or whatever, we're here already. Is it a question of "staying?" Is it a question of rolling over, playing dead, playing deaf, dumb, and blind? What do you think of Chief Bromden pretending to be deaf so that he doesn't have to deal with the asylum?

sarat said

at 2:59 pm on Nov 3, 2011

I think its all that, I think a big theme in that book is the ability to overcome our fear. McMurphy is that epiphany that some of us have that we don't have to be so afraid. And Brombden mentions in the book that he knew since he was a child that he wasn't heard. I feel like his dad is very symbolic to this but I couldn't figure it out. I'd have to think on it more

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