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Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
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The original "CliffsNotes" study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In "CliffsNotes on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", you explore Ken Kesey's best-known work, one that challenges the preconceived ideas of what constitutes sanity and insanity. A mistakenly undertaken power struggle in an insane asylum results in a suicide, a murder, and a liberation, and leaves the reader with a paradoxical feeling that both disturbs and pleases. This study guide carefully walks you through the novel by providing summaries and critical analyses of each section. You'll also explore the life and background of the author, Ken Kesey, and gain insight into how he came to write "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Other features that help you study include: character analyses of major players; a character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters; critical essays on topics like the role of women and the comparison between the film and novel; a review section that tests your knowledge; and, a Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites. Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure, you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from "CliffsNotes" study guides.
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Life and Background of the Author. Introduction to the Novel. Critical Commentaries. PART 1: They're Out There. PART 1: When the Fog Clears. PART 1: The New Man. PART 1: In the Glass Station. PART 1: Before Noontime. PART 1: One Christmas. PART 1: First Time for a Long, Long Time. PART 1: Come Morning. PART 1: All Through Breakfast. PART 1: There's a Monopoly Game. PART 1: There's Long Spells. PART 1: A Visiting Doctor. PART 1: It's Getting Hard. PART 1: There's a Shipment of Frozen Parts. PART 1: I Know How They Work It. PART 2: Just at the Edge of My Vision. PART 2: The Way the Big Nurse Acted. PART 2: In the Group Meetings. PART 2: Up Ahead of Me. PART 2: Whatever It Was. PART 2: They Take Me with the Acutes Sometimes. PART 2: I Remember It Was Friday Again. PART 2: Crossing the Grounds. PART 3: After That. PART 3: Two Whores. PART 4: The Big Nurse. PART 4: Up on Disturbed. PART 4: There Had Been Times. PART 4: I've Given What Happened Next. Character Analyses. Critical Essays. CliffsNotes Review. CliffsNotes Resource Center. Index.

About the Author

About the Author Bruce Walker is adjunct professor of literature and technical writing at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit. MI. He earned a B.A. in English from Michigan State University in 1985. He is a contributing editor to Gale Group's Literary Criticism Series, from 1985 2000. He was also an editor and a publisher of Detroit Athletic Club magazine, DAC News, from 1992 96. Bruce currently edits Ford Motor Company's Customer Relationship Management Web sites for J. Walter Thompson Advertising in Detroit, MI.

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