Monday, May 20, 2013
Although Kesey never explicitly argued for reform or openly promoted deinstitutionalization, his work served as a great piece of propaganda for the movement. As the public read about a subject rarely seen or discussed by media, readers began questioning the reality of what Kesey illustrated. When reports broke that many of the unethical and immoral scenarios that Kesey wrote about were more or less the truth, the public was outraged. Ultimately, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest subtly promoted the push for reform and deinstitutionalization.