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CliffsNotes on 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 ...

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Overview


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
  • 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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Kesey's new introduction to this anniversary edition could very well be the last thing he worked on before shuffling off this mortal coil in 2001. Additionally, 25 sketches he drew while working at a mental institution in the 1950s, the inspiration for the novel, are littered throughout. Critics are divided on the meaning of the book: Is it a tale of good vs. evil, sanity over insanity, or humankind trying to overcome repression amid chaos? Whichever, it is a great read. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764586620
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 285,841
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet 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 was a contributing editor to Gale Group's Literary Criticism Series from 1985-2000, an editor and publisher of Detroit Athletic Club magazine, DAC News, from 1992-96, and edited Ford Motor Company's Customer Relationship Management Web sites for J. Walter Thompson Advertising in Detroit.
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Table of Contents


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.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    Bought this with the book

    I actually havent read this but it is for a student who has to read the book for school and figured it would help with writing the report.

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