On Tuesday we focused on the characters within the text One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kessey by creating character drawings. By creating a drawing of how we perceived a character within the novel we were then able to analyse their characteristics. We considered who they were by looking at the way they interacted with others, their fears, their pleasures, their opinion of themselves, other's opinions of them etc. I decided to analyse Chief Bromden who acts as the narrator in the novel. I found Bromden's character by all accounts should have been strong and powerful due to his build and heritage. However life has made timid and afraid of his own shadow. His words also show him to be poetic and perceptive despite pretending to be deaf and dumb- and often under the influence of mind altering drugs. At the beginning of the novel he is a shell of a man- simply a vessel to be moved back and forth. We then proceeded to draw our perception of the character by the end of the novel, using tracing paper to draw on top of our original drawings. I find Chief Bromden to significantly change at the end of the novel as he finds the strength to break free from the mental hospital. Despite being a broken man he never the less becomes a man by the end of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
I found this task of Character analysis to be very useful in gaining an overall better understanding of the novel as it forced me to apply the research and knowledge I have learned to bring elements of a character to life.
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