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The Tone in Mind The imagination is the readers most important tool on the path to enjoying a good book One can only hinder their enjoyment of the story by disregarding the vivid images created by the mind Nothing can compare to a landscape so exquisite that it would make a cinematographer jealous or a prison so cold that you can see the inmates hot breath However some authors offer help for those who are creatively impaired In One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest the author Ken Kesey builds such an effective tone that the shifts in the attitudes of the characters can be detected In the first half of the novel Kesey uses a wonderful device to show oppression that makes the reader feel as if they themselves are going insane Bromden describes it best Shes got the fog machine switched onand the more I think about how nothing can be helped the faster the fog rolls in Kesey 101 This fog is not literally there but instead appears when Kesey wants to create an atmosphere that is disparaging This dark tone is also emphasized through Bromdens nightmares In one of the dreams the hospital turns into a hot industrial factory where the noise of cold hard unyielding machinery is almost deafening 78-82 During the dream one of the old Chronics Blastic is Hung on a hook and sent away into the machines The strange thing is that he actually does die Bromdens dream is actually a metaphor for the quick disposal of those who do not survive the nurses treatment It is as if she does not want any evidence that her patients are not recovering So the effect the reader is left with is one representative of how unceremoniously a death is dealt with in the hospital Death and despair also come in the form of shock treatments A patient was usually given a quick yet mind-blowing zap for unruly behavior When
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