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Kim Gnagey APE per 4 Levels of Meaning in Cool Hand Luke and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey is a story of a mental hospital the patients within it and the changes both undergo The film Cool Hand Luke is a story that is somewhat similar to Cuckoos Nest about a man that enters a prison camp and his struggle to break away from that authority The question at hand is whether these two stories hold deeper levels of meaning Specifically there are three levels of meaning that are being looked for other than the normal plot level or the first level of meaning The second level of meaning that is being looked for is the psychologicalsocialmoral level On this level one finds underlying messages dealing with a persons inner-light society or battles within oneself The third level of meaning is called the allegorical level An allegory is a story that closely parallels another story Specifically we are looking at the allegory of Christ The fourth level of meaning is the anagogical level This level deals wi th the underlying myths of a story According to Joseph Campbell every story follows a certain myth because our entire society is made up of myths The specific myth we are looking it is the heros journey and its relation to the two stories There are two sides of this argument The first is obviously that these meanings are present in these two stories and in turn all stories All the lessons of life are there buried in great books and great drama and the interesting thing is that we absorb them without a sense of being taught without effort for at the same time we are being entertained Time spent reading is therefore never under any circumstances time wasted provided that what were reading is worthwhile The Best Trainingpg 140
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