"One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest" novel by ken kesey Play write by Dale Wasserman
We are actually reading the play so some things may be different from the book but the basic analogy of flat characters applies.
Why does Wasserman preface the play with a quotation from the novel
"Like a caroon world, where figures are flat and outlined in black, jerking through some kind of goofy story that might be real funny if it weren't for the cartoon figures being real guys". How is this story like a cartoon, where figures are flat and outlined in black?
LIKE A CARTOON WORLD
The cartoon symbolism demonstrated in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest helps create dynamic features and traits in each character. Bromden indicates early that the ward is "Like a cartoon world, where the figures are flat and outlined in black, jerking through some kind of goofy story that might be real funny if it weren't for the cartoon figures being real guys...". Technicians in the hospital speak with voices that "are forced and too quick on the comeback to be real talk - more like cartoon comedy speech". Kesey chooses to describe some of his characters as symbolic caricatures, and others as stock figures who outgrow their black outlines (Twayne). The Big Nurse remains a cartoon villain, funny in her excessive frustration and hateful in her manipulations towards the patients. She is never seen as a human; therefore she is never sympathized with.
THE USE OF ACID COULD HAVE INDUCED KESEY TO WRITE FIGURES THAT ARE FLAT AND OUTLINED IN BLACK
The novel was partially inspired by Kesey's part-time job as an orderly in a Palo Alto veterans' hospital. It was also as a student at Stanford where Kesey began participating in experiments for the psychology department that involved the use of LSD. This use of LSD prompted Kesey to have hallucinations while working as an orderly. Kesey hallucinated seeing a large Indian mopping the floors of the hospital; this hallucination prompted Kesey to add the ...