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Using the Fishing Scene from
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Subject: Literature/Literary Devices: Theme;
Ages: 12+: Middle School and High School Levels;
Length: Film Clip: approximately 14 minutes; Lesson: one 45 - 55 minute class period.
Learner Outcomes/Objectives: Students will practice deriving theme from a scene in a novel that has been adapted to film.
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Rationale: The scene is a powerful presentation of a thematic concept. In addition, students reading Ken Kesey's novel will enjoy seeing the film's presentation of this important scene.
Description: In this classic scene from One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Randall Patrick McMurphy, played by Jack Nicholson, takes fellow inmates of the mental institution on an unauthorized fishing trip. Although in the novel by Ken Kesey, McMurphy manipulates the situation by organizing the outing and making a tidy profit for himself, in the film he simply absconds with a bus full of inmates, picks up his girlfriend and hijacks a fishing boat.
The joyful energy spent catching the fish shows on the faces of the inmates; they have become happy, successful men rather than the troubled spirits they are at the hospital. Whether or not students read the book or see the entire movie, the snippet illustrates one of the film's ideas: society determines what is crazy and what is not crazy and this determination is created through observable behavior; in other words, crazy is as crazy does.
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1. Review the film clip.
2. Cue the DVD so that the film clip will start immediately.
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[The remaining steps in the Snippet Lesson Plan provide suggestions of ideas to assist in defining theme, class discussions and activities in relation to the snippet and a concluding writing assignment. .]
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