Limited Narrator the curious incident of the dog in the night-time One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Girl, Interrupted
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
the curious incident of the dog in the night-time • Main Characters: • Christopher Boone • Ed Boone (father) • Judy Boone (mother) • Mr. and Mrs. Shears • Wellington (dog) • Siobhan (mentor) • Toby (pet rat) • Narrator- Chris • Main Events • Wellington is killed • Chris tries to solve the mystery behind his father’s back • Finds out his mother is not actually dead like he thought
Chris goes to London to find his mother • Relationship with his father is broken, but slowly begins to be mended • Themes • Struggle to Become Independent • Subjectivity • Coping with a Loss
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.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest • Characters: • Chief Bromden • Randle McMurphy • Nurse Ratched • The narrator, Chief Bromden, is a half-indian patient at Oregon psychiatric hospital. • The patients are all male. • Events: • 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. • McMurphy eventually loses his life
Themes: • Women as Castrators • Sexuality • Invisibility • Power of Laughter
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
Girl, Interrupted • Characters: • Susanna Kaysen • Lisa • Georgina • 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.
Themes: • Confusion of Social Nonconformity with Insanity • Freedom vs. Captivity • Time
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.
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