In the late 1950's, American society was very conservative and predominantly of one culture. Thus, conformity was considered important in maintaining law and order. This conformity is challenged in Kesey's novel. In fact, his message is much like that of Emily Dickinson's little poem "Much Madness is Divinest Sense"
Much Madness is divinest Sense -To a discerning Eye -Much Sense - the starkest Madness -’Tis the MajorityIn this, as all, prevail -Assent - and you are sane -Demur - you’re straightway dangerous -And handled with a Chain
"If you don't watch it people will force you one way or the other, into doing what they think you should do, or into just being mule-stubborn and doing the opposite out of spite.”
The stars up close to the moon were pale; they got brighter and braver the farther they got out of the circle of light ruled by the giant moon....