One Who Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

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Student’s Name: Instructor’s Name: Course: Date: One Who Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest The novel, ‘One who flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ by Ken Kesey is an important piece of literature due to its interesting turn of events. It is also among the top novels written during the numerous efforts towards the civil rights. Further, it covers important social issues including insanity, aristocracy, sex and crime. The author of the book uses important themes and motifs to develop the story line. Particularly, laughter is an important motif seen throughout the novel and has a great significance depending on its positioning in the story. Laughter, in this case, represents sanity for the characters as it points to a control of emotions and advocated improved self-esteem for the characters. For instance, McMurphy introduces laughter in the book especially among the residents of the ward. The laughter has a healing effect to all those around. While they see it as a strange thing, they realize that it is the first real laugh they have had for a long time. Chief states that “I realize all of a sudden it’s the first laugh I have heard in years” (Kesey 12). Here the laughter represents sanity, which is a rare thing amongst the patients in the wards. It stuns all the patients and staff all around him since laughter is a rare thing in the facility. All of them attribute laughter to him in the way he walks, his gestures, his eyes, and his smile. McMurphy therefore from his admission to the facility presents a rare opportunity to laugh for all the patient and staff. In the ward, the patients are scared to laugh. The narrator talks about ‘the acutes’ who are

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