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In One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey the author uses humor in the characters sarcastic comments and bantering to faintly disguise the truths beneath Kesey writes about men who find themselves trapped in a crazy world and each man is seeking his own solution It is evident that the only sane response to a crazy situation is humor Everyday the people of this Earth take part in the simple act called laughter We laugh at the jokes of David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld as well as those from our good friends We listen to humorous anecdotes about vacations and one-of-a-kind experiences There is humor in nearly everything around us Sometimes it is in forms we cant see or it is masked by something tragic or depressing In One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest humor is present in a very powerful form Normally insane people dont have the capacity to laugh or find the humor in something as we normal people do They live tragic existences wandering day by day in the bland depressing world of an asylum They have forgotten how to live because they are under the authorities rule of the head nurse and under the behavioral influence of drug doses and bossy orderlies The patients have no real existence of their own and they are essentially lifeless Domby 1 The main source of sarcasm throughout One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is Randal Patrick McMurphy who has been sent to heal the patients of the asylum He is constantly trying to make the other mental patients laugh or at least show some reaction to what he is saying When he first enters the ward the thing that immediately distinguishes him aside from his lack of fear are his jokes He manages to avoid any sort of insult by making a joke of it he often makes extremely sarcastic jokes--of which Nurse Ratched is usually the butt almost instantly referring to
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