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Unhappy Emotionally struggling with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - February 17th 2012, 05:06 AM

In my english class, we are reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I'm having a hard time, emotionally, reading it. I find it disturbing, especially with dealing with some of the mental health issues I've encountered in the past and present. I try to tell myself it's just a book, but it still gets me worked up over it. I just started reading it, so maybe it will get better? The teacher and students' comments about doesn't help either... My peers are so ignorant when it comes to things like these. There are always jokes made, that are not funny to me. The teacher even said the book was a comedy...? I mean, I guess there are some parts that the author did put in for comic relief, but I wouldn't say the whole book is comical... I don't think the overall torture of the character's with lobotomies and treatment against their will is very funny... Usually, I feel comfortable speaking my mind, even if it's against the majority. But in this case, I almost feel like trying to argue against the close-mindedness and ignorance of most of the class isn't even worth my breath. It is required reading, so not reading it isn't really an option. And, if you can't tell by previous description of the teacher, she's not very understanding

Is there anything you guys have for feedback? About this specific book or just with tough topics in school in general. All comments and suggestions are appreciated. Thanks
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Re: Emotionally struggling with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - February 17th 2012, 08:21 AM

I did a book report of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in high-school, as well as watched the movie. I'll be brief, your teacher has her head up her ass if she says it's a comedy. It does its best to reveal the benefits and drawbacks of institutionalization versus Carl Rogers' humanistic psychology practices. There are amusing parts but that doesn't make it a comedy. If your teacher is this inept, I'm not sure whether elaborately writing or stating your opinion would get you high marks.

As for your concerns, it's meant to be emotional, especially at the lobotomy part toward the end. I didn't find the book or movie too difficult to watch, in fact I read and watched it several times, so I cant give advice for the emotional part, other than focus on the characters and themes objectively. You don't have to give an opinion where you include your mental health experience because it can tangent your in-class or written response. If you feel it's troubling you, try talking to the teacher. I think it's an excellent book for required reading, so props to your inept teacher or curriculum.

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Re: Emotionally struggling with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - February 17th 2012, 07:53 PM

I never had to read that but we have discussed tough topics and watched movies about stuff that really triggers me in one of my classes. I know that you said your teacher isn't understanding but maybe stay after class and talk to her about it and how it's affecting you and at least see what she says on the topic?

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