One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Choose a particular theme, element, motif, conflict, symbol, extended metaphor, or juxtaposition that interests you and seems important to Kesey’s novel. You might even choose one particular scene that is essential to the action and conflict of the book. Or, you might consider sociological elements such as gender roles, emasculation, race, social power, counter-culture, insanity, labels, etc. Choose something in the book that interests you.
For the first day of school, write a one-page informal response paper on your chosen topic. This should not be a rough draft of an essay. Try to make it be more observational and reactionary than argument-driven. You should, however, try to choose a topic rich enough that it would benefit from closer study.
In the early weeks of the school year, you will be developing and writing a full-length essay on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on a topic of your own design. This response paper is the first step in that process. It will garner feedback from Mr. Becker and from a peer that you will use to expand it to a formal essay.