Study Notes on Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a powerful allegory which focuses on the hopeless struggle of a visionary who knows “there is something better”, and repressive forces (the Combine) that are intent on preserving the status quo.

In dedicating the book Ken Kesey states that he believed dragons did not exist until he was led to a dragon’s lair. He is saying that he now believes in what he thought was unbelievable. It is commonly said that to know good one must have known evil. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest makes the reader ask whether society is good or evil. Kesey suggests society, or the Combine is evil.

Remember to check out the links to study notes on the novel on moodle.

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