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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Interested in getting direct access to the psychedelic drugs Kesey took a job as a psychiatric aide at the same VA hospital Ingesting various substances and working all night at the mental institution became the inspiration for One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest According to Kesey the narrators voice which many consider the masterstroke of the novels success came one day when hed done a particularly strong dose of peyote and the first three pages poured from him establishing a narrative tone that was used effectively throughout the novel The three pages remained virtually untouched after numerous revisions Chief Broom Bromden is the novels narrator -- a large paranoid Indian who feigns deafness because people ignored him early in life In time he decides that it is much more cagey to hide in shadows and avoid conflicts Chief Broom is given the title both because his father was chief in a tribe of Colombian Indians and because on the ward he is given the duty of sweeping Since the tale is told from his point of view its descriptions of the ward and its inmates have been distorted Early in the novel Bromden lets this be known but insists Its the truth even if it didnt happen This distorted narrative technique allows Kesey the freedom to exalt the novels protagonist and to grossly exaggerate the negative characteristics of the novels authority figures the central antagonists Because he feigned deafness since entering the ward years earlier Chief Broom is able to see and hear all What gives the novel its hallucinogenic quality however is Bromdens perception of the ward as a mechanistic monster entirely under the control of the head nurse Nurse Ratched The ward or the Combine as it is also called is portrayed entirely by cold mechanical descriptions This is evident early on in passages such as the following description of Nurse Ratched
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