"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest's," metaphor, which centered on the relationships between authority figures and the oppressed, posed a larger social question for the so-called silent generation, born and reared in America's middle class suburbs: Are the people in charge (the government, the corporations) less sane than the people following orders (citizens, workers)? " (http://www.notablebiographies.com).
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest is a bestseller that is merely written off of someone's imagination. The legendary author Ken Kesey's life and experiences played a very pivotal role in his success and the success of the novel in the early 60's. This controversial novel was written from the realistic view of Kesey's experiences and interactions with mental patients during his brief time working as an orderly in a mental institution. Kesey felt that the patients were not insane, they were just thrust out by society because they didn't conform to the traditional ideas of human actions and behaviors. One Flew over the Cuckoo Nest plot expresses themes of individuality and rebellion against conformity using the conflict between disciplinarian Nurse Ratched and insubordinate McMurphy. During the time the novel was being written those issues implemented in the theme of the novel were widely pressed in the United States. At the time of the creation of this masterpiece, Kesey also began to experiment with LSD which was then known as a psychedelic drug that caused hallucinations. Kesey would talk to the patients when he was under the drugs However much of the events that had taken place in the story has somehow been heavily influenced and related to Kesey's life itself. Kesey's revolutionary approach had caused an uproar in criticism towards American institutions themselves that led to a greater expression. His life and experiences are included in the tone, theme, characters and overall plot of the story.