Kesey, Ken: One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest by Ken Kesey ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO S NEST by Ken Kesey Author Ken Kesey is an American author who was born in Colorado in 1935. He studied in Oregon and Stanford and after finishing his studies he passed turbulent years in California. In 1968 he settled down in Oregon. Kesey s experiences with the drug scene and the situation in hospitals were an advantage when he wrote the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest in 1962. The book was a great success - not only students liked it. Main Characters Chief Bromden Since he is very reserved and does not want to speak about himself, he pretends to be deaf and dumb. He has been in this hospital for a long time and for this reason he exactly knows the curing methods of the staff. He is a peaceful and calm human being and never had any problems with other patients, the Big Nurse or the Black Boys. As time passes he becomes a close friend to McMurphy. Once he helps McMurphy to beat up the Black Boys. At the end this friendship makes it even possible for him to kill McMurphy in order to release him from his pain. Big Nurse She has a very strong personality and so she wants to rule over all the patients. She is very self confident and convinced to act in the absolute right way. She is very strict and does not tolerate any humour. She puts pressure on the patients in order to control them. When she realises that McMurphy has more power on the patients then her she sends him to the Lobotomy in order to ...

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