One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Written by Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was published in 1967 by Penguin Books. This story was written based on the author’s experience while working in a mental institution. He held long conversations with the inmates in order to gain a better understanding of them. It was during this period that he wrote the first draft of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Most of the characters in the novel are based upon actual patients he met while working at the hospital. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is set in a mental hospital in Oregon. The novel is divided into four parts. Parts One, Two and Four are set in the hospital itself. In Part Three, the patients from the hospital go on a deep-sea fishing trip, and the setting is the boat. Except for a few outsiders, the characters are either patients or employees of the hospital. Kesey has drawn from his own experience to give the reader an insider's view of the hospital. The novel starts with the admission of Randle P. McMurphy to the Hospital. As he introduces himself to the other patients, the “head nurse”, Nurse Ratched immediately decided he is a troublemaker. Even though everyone else is afraid of the nurse, everyone that is except for McMurphy. He tires to make as much commotion as he can. He sings when he’s not supposed to, asks for things when it’s not time to, and appears half-naked, which really flusters the nurse. When a staff meeting comes up, the do...

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