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Q Discuss the techniques the author used to develop the characters in the novel One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest You are required to examine three characters from the novel when addressing this question Ken Kesey is the author of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest a hugely influential and important book of the 20the century To weave his story Kesey uses a bizarre cast of characters living in a mental asylum To create these characters the base of Keseys novel he utilises various devices such as his extensive use of imagery symbolism language and the contrasting of characters Kesey explores the minds habits faults and qualities of his assorted characters through these techniques and the reader can readily find examples of Keseys techniques in each of the three main characters Kesey develops the character Chief Bromden by presenting him to the reader gradually Bromden is immediately established as the narrator but as it takes time for Bromden to re-establish his sense of self it takes time for the reader to understand the complex character of Bromden This does not hinder the story telling by any means because as Bromden discovers himself the story unfolds around him with increasing clarity and gives the book a slow steady rhythm This narration of the story in the first person is a technique used by Kesey not only to develop the character of Bromden slowly but also to let the reader understand the extent of Bromdens illness and the depth of his delusions by letting them be inside Bromdens mind Thus established sympathy is invoked in the readers and one of the main themes the mistreatment of mental patients can be more readily addressed Another advantage of this first person narration used by Kesey is that it keeps the reader interested As Bromden slowly reveals details about his past the reader believes they are getting closer to discovering the core of Bromdens madness and hallucinations
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