FC: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Summer Reading 2012 Project by Torey Stutts
1: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest was written by Ken Kesey. This novel is about a mental institute where the because of one new patient, the ward starts to rebel against the head nurse, Nurse Ratched. The story is from a patient, Chief Bromden's, point of view. The way I decided to do this project is in two ways. On every page there are two sepperate texts. The first one is written as if I were the main character, Chief Bromden. The second text is where I explain the importance or meaning that page has to the story. | What is this book about? And what is this project?
2: This is me. My name is Chief Bromden and most people around here just assume that I am deaf. I keep this scrapbook to remember different people, things, and important memories. ~~~~~~ This is one of the main characters in this book. The book is narrated by him but he is usually just observing things.
3: This here is Randle McMurphy. The doctors question whether he is really a psychopath or if he avoiding farm work. Either way, McMurphy sure is a fun guy. ~~~~~~ McMurphy is an important part to this story because he is the man who tries to change the asylum. He stands up for the men there, chronics and acutes, and tries to let them have a life. He opened the eyes of many of these men and gave them a new life.
4: Nurse Ratched is the head nurse of our ward. She is all about order and keeping things by the book, but Randle has finally stepped up and challenged her authority. ~~~~~~ Nurse Ratched is very important the the entire theme of this book. She holds power, | Nurse Ratched
5: The fog... The fog is Miss Ratched's way of keeping us busy and lost. The fog is sometimes relaxing to just get lost into. ~~~~~~ In the book, the fog plays an important role. For us, the readers, is allows us to realize that it is all in the Chief's mind and the fact that he believes it shows that he is in someway ill. As a ready, I assumed that the "fog" was just the work of medication that "zones you out."
6: This is my buddy McMurphy here being punished with electroshock therapy. After our buddy, Billy Bibbit died, McMurphy went crazy and got sent off to the hospital. ~~~~~~ Electroshock Therapy played a role in this story because it is the Bis Nurse's way of punishment and showing the men that she is the boss.
7: There is this one story that I remember McMurphy telling us and he was referring to one of our meetings as a pecking party. ~~~~~~ This is important because McMurphy explained that the way everyone "attacked each other" at meetings is the same way that chickens will peck each other. They peck and peck until the other is destroyed, and that is what was happening at meetings. People were being torn down. | A Pecking Party
8: Around the time that McMurphy and Big Nurse were being super polite to each other, McMuhpy planned a fishing trip for us, but it was very difficult to get started. | ~~~~~~ The nurse used shipwreck clippings from newspapers and stories to scare the other patients into not going on the trip. every time she did this McMurphy would have to try extra hard to get another person. This is important because it was a battle for power.
9: Since the staff believes that I can not hear, I am allowed to clean the room during meeting. I get to hear all that goes on and all the secrets. I have to clean all the green goo and seepage that is left behind. | ~~~~~~ The Chief believes that the green goo is poison from the staff members' skin. Because he is ill, what he is really seeing is the true hatred and bad that are in each of them.
10: Poker is important to the guys here because it's what they do to pass time. Since McMurphy got here, everyone plays poker to win ciggs. ~~~~~~ Poker games played a big part in the book because that is one of the first things McMurphy looked for when he arrived at the ward. It's also how all the guys got to bond and get to now him. McMurphy even won their money then let them win it back. | Poker
11: There is this one night where a man asked what he was being given to take and Big Nurse sent him away. Lucky for my I was able to avoid taking my dose of pills that evening. ~~~~~~ The medication is a way for the staff at the ward to keep all of their patients under control and to calm them down when needed. At nights, it helps to keep everyone asleep throughout the entire night. This is a way that the staff controls the patients and keep power over them.