Limited Narrator the curious incident of the dog in the night-time One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Girl, Interrupted
the curious incident of the dog in the night-time • Narrator and protagonist- Christopher Boone, 15 year old boy with autism. • Chris lives with his “widowed” father • Wellington is killed and Chris begins to solve the mystery of the killing behind his father’s back. • He is encouraged to stop his investigation and to not get into people’s business • Although Chris has a learning disorder, he is very bright and able to problem solve well.
Mark Haddon • English novelist and poet • Haddon worked with people with disabilities • 2003- won the Witbread Book of the Year Award • 2004- won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Overall Best First Book • Both for the novel the curious incident of the dog in the night-time
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest • The narrator, Chief Bromden, is a half-indian patient at Oregon psychiatric hospital. • The patients are all male. • Run by Nurse Ratched, a.k.a. “Big Nurse.” • Randle McMurphy arrives and all of the patients realize there is something different about him. • McMurphy defies Nurse Ratched’s authority. • He begins to do things to go against Big Nurse.
Ken Kesey • Best known for OFOTCN • Counter-cultural figure who considered himself a link between the Beat Generation (1950’s) and the hippies (1960’s). • Awarded the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship in 1958 which enrolled him in the creative writing program at Stanford University.
Girl, Interrupted • Susanna Kaysen is a patient at McLean hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. • All girls • Real diary entries of her life and the lives of the other patients in the hospital. • She suffers from mild Schizophrenia. • Attempted suicide by taking 50 aspirin, then gets her stomach pumped after.
Susanna Kaysen • Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts • Attended the Commonwealth School in Boston and the Cambridge School • Then was sent to McLean for depression in 1967 • Diagnosed with borderline personality and released after 18 months
Limited Narrator • All of the narrators in the books deal with some sort of handicap which makes us question whether they are reliable narrators or not. • Christopher Boone shows the reader that even with Autism, he is able to accomplish what he set his mind to. • Randle McMurphy becomes the advocate for the patients in the mental hospital who cannot stand up for themselves against Nurse Ratched. • The real-life stories by Susanna Kaysen gives the reader an inside look at what happened inside McLean.