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Truth is Perception In the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest written by Ken Kesey we see a disturbing society where insanity and the truth may or may not be real We meet characters whom society claims are insane and are trying to adjust back into the world The people in this novel struggle with control conformity and lack of self-empowerment What is truth If truth is based solely upon ones perception of the actions around him then that truth is in the eye of the beholder Chief is an avid believer of this philosophy as he starts his narration with But its the truth even if it didnt happen 13 Throughout the novel we see truth intertwined with control and normality all things which lead to a dramatic end Society may not approve of something simply because it is not the norm The practices that Harding indulges himself in are only considered offensive because society does not actively participate in and encourage them The truth for society is that these acts are shameful and that the culprits require exclusion Either one of these truths can easily be defended by seeing the matter through the eyes of one party or the other The different sides perceive and interpret the acts in different ways which determine their truths Chief Bromden as an outcast from society sees society from a different angle than those who experience life within it Like many things it is easier to see the truth while on the outside getting a total view getting the big picture This is one of the reasons why Chief is the ideal character for the role of narrator in this novel He has experienced life inside the Combine as he refers to it and from the outside as an onlooker from the asylum Much of his knowledge was gained through acting deaf so he could hear it all 178 He bases all of his
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