, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 367–377 | Cite as

Paranoia and its ensuing effects in Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  • Hassan AbootalebiEmail author


The present paper sets out to examine the applicability of paranoia and its ensuing effects on individuals in Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Penguin Group, New York, 1962) so as to observe how authorities in a given culture impose controls on mavericks so as to forestall possible threats. Paranoia in the above-mentioned work, is argued, engenders a perennial phobia within the inflicted, which brings about an identity crisis exerting influence over their temperament and conduct. Indeed, Kesey’s work perfectly exemplifies the sort of treatment undergone by those suffering from mental illness and the way they are mistreated. The protagonist, McMurphy, being cognizant of the way authorities enforce stringent regulations on their subjects, seeks to exhort those confined in the hospital to extricate themselves from their pathetic and deplorable condition, disabusing them of the wrong notions instilled into them.


Michel Foucault One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest Paranoia 


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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lorestan UniversityKhorramabadIslamic Republic of Iran

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