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The Stereotypes of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is not only filled with symbols and references but with standardized mental pictures that are held in common by members of a group and that represent an oversimplified opinion stereotypes Some characters arent even stereotypes but they still get subjected to the racism and uncritical judgment that will forever remain pinned to their skin colour Through his creative use of such characters and their interactions Ken Kesey shows the reader the benefit of being aware of these things and how the stereotypical groups will remain in human culture The black boys They look speak and act like the generic sixties black man and are the most stereotypical characters in the book They play their part and are treated as one would expect stereotypes are simple The black boys always do the same job every day and every day theyre subject to the same racist comments Sam Coon its always something The only one who seems to really break the boundaries of stereotyping them would be the Big Nurse herself Shes the only main character who never uses any slang or slurs instead referring to the individual black boys by their actual names No specific page is has a better example of the generically done speech of the black boys one chapter with even a few words from any of the black boys would be sufficient Ken Kesey didnt just make the black boys so stereotypical for nothing theres a meaning in all of it The Chief may not be a complete stereotype but he gets treated as one every day He is of half-aboriginal descent and even the name Big Chief Bromden is a very palpable label The feel of racist aboriginal stereotypes is best felt when the Chief is has a flashback to when he was a child living with his parents in their home
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