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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Genre

Literary Fiction

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest investigates the interaction between a nurse on an insane asylum ward and the patients. Thus, it is an in depth exploration of the relationship between confiner and those confined, as well as a portrayal of the inner psychology of a man who has been confined in an insane asylum for many, many years. The book asks important questions, like what confinement will do to a man, and whether it is possible to cure mental illness in a typical hospital environment with its system, rules, and regulations. Ultimately, it is a psychological exploration of the entire insane asylum system.

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