Ken Kesey Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Ken Kesey Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

To understand some of the ideas behind the counterculture revolution is to understand Ken Kesey’s fictional heroes and some of his themes. Originating with the 1950’s Beat generation, the 1960’s counterculture youth were disillusioned with the vast social injustices, the industrialization, and the mass society image in their parents’ world; they questioned many values and practices—the Vietnam War, the goals of higher education, the value of owning property, and the traditional forms of work. They protested by experimenting with Eastern meditation, primitive communal living, unabashed nudity, and nonpossessive physical and spiritual love. At the core of the protest was the value of individual freedom. One of the main...

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