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  1. Ken Kesey September 17, 1935- November 10, 2001

  2. Early year highlights • Born on a dairy farm. • Champion wrestler in high school. • Born in Colorado and later his family moved to Oregon.

  3. Adult year highlights • Attended college at the University of Oregon. • Eloped with his high school sweetheart Norma "Faye" Haxby. • Kesey received the $2,000 Harper-Saxton Prize for his first novel in progress

  4. Writing Highlights • Moved around to learn about characteristics that the characters in his novel will have. • He wrote about his drug induced experiences for governmental research. • Experimented with psychedelic drugs. • He worked as an attendant in a hospital's psychiatric ward. • Kesey believed the key to individual liberation was psychedelic drugs. He often wrote under the influence of acid.

  5. Historical/ Cultural Context of Novel • It highlights the theme of rebelling against conformity which was much of what Kesey was doing in his life with the experimental drugs. • He was highly criticizing American institutes. • Kesesy’s group the Merry Pranksters were very against the norm and didn’t want to conform to the rest of society.*cBsnoP0ekzT9V2dgJ2LXbW5UVzwYg*r6jLb2/Gravy7.jpg?width=458

  6. Novel’s Highlights Symbols: objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. • In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey uses many symbols to point out important things that are happening. • He uses keys to symbolize power and authority. And cigarettes represent a freedom for the men because in the asylum they have no other form of currency and they get to a point where they create their own currency with the cigarettes and it gives them a type of freedom.

  7. CHILLY SHERREE When the chill is on the ankles a And the ice is in the pipes, b Then it's time to get out blankets c And put away the gripes. b So let's bake a lot of goodies d And fill the house with scent, e Till the temperature comes up again f And all the chill has went. e

  8. Historical/Cultural Context for Short Work • Some people today find themselves drifting apart. W • We have therapy and clinics for people to get help with their relationships. • Demon Box by Ken Kesey contains writings about his travels and his experience with drugs.

  9. Summary of Short Work • In one interpretation you could take the poem quite literally. You could take it as going through the winter and spring coming. You can see the literal meaning of being cold and baking and its as if you can feel the room get warmer with the language that he uses. • Or in a second interpretation you can see it as a relationship that is going through its season. Most relationships go through season and the poem starts when things aren’t going well. Then when Kesey talks about baking goodies he is saying that things need to be but aside and to think about the good parts of a relationship. And then with the weather getting warm again you can feel the love and passion of the relationship rekindling.

  10. Main Concepts of Short Work1. Symbolism • -Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense. • Everyday examples: • The dove is a symbol of peace. • A red rose or red color stands for love or romance. • Black is a symbol that represents evil or death. • Short work example: • “Till the temperature comes up again • And all the chill has went.” • -This is an example of symbolism because joy is connected with warmth and the temperature rising at this part of the poem is symbolizing the relationship of the two people getting better.

  11. 2. Double Entendre -Double entendre is a phrase or a figure of speech that might have multiple senses, interpretations or two different meanings or that could be understood in two different ways. Everyday Example: • In Finding Nemo, the characters are told "Ok, everyone, think dirty thoughts!" Short work examples: “When the chill is on the ankles” -This is an example of double entendre because it could literally be talking about the cold winter air on the ankles, but on the other hand, it could be talking about the relationship in the poem, the cold on the ankles from the relationship is the hard times that come and go. Relationships are never 100% good and when the hard times are coming its as if you can feel it coming, just like winter coming by the cold you feel on your ankles.

  12. 3. Rhyme Scheme • Rhyme scheme is the practice of rhyming words placed at the end of the lines in the prose or poetry. Everyday example: Roses are red (a) Violets are blue (b) Beautiful they all may be (c) But I love you (b) -The above is an “a-b-c-b” rhyme scheme. Short work example: -(see next slide)

  13. CHILLY SHERREE When the chill is on the ankles a And the ice is in the pipes, b Then it's time to get out blankets c And put away the gripes. b So let's bake a lot of goodies d And fill the house with scent, e Till the temperature comes up again f And all the chill has went. e

  14. Love/Hate in Short Work • You can see love/hate in “CHILLY SHERREE” in two senses. You can see it as in the author talking about his love/hate with the different seasons of fall, winter, and spring. You can see that he doesn’t enjoy the winter but he is trying to put that aside and make something good out of in. • On the other hand you can see where this could be about a relationship, the cold on the ankles is the struggle of the relationship and he says it is time to put that aside and make things good again. And then its as if you literally can feel the love coming back into the relationship when he talks about the spring coming and it getting warmer outside.

  15. Additional Info • Tom Wolfe wrote the book Electric Kool-Aid Test and it contained his first hand experiences with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. • Its called “electric kool-aid” because Kesey and the Pranksters would lace Kool-Aid with the acid so that they could all be on a “communal trip”

  16. Additional Info • Kesey and his wife Faye had 3 children; Jed, Zane and Shannon. • Ken Kesey died from complications during surgery for cancer in which they were removing 40% of his liver! • This statue is on the University of Oregon campus where Kesey was a wrestler.