Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Scott Suter

Second Advisor

Dr. Galloway

Third Advisor

Dr. Honeycutt

Degree Award Date

Fall 2023


mental health, American fiction, psychosis, fiction


American Literature | Other Psychology


This is a study on American fiction and mental health. The project discusses the short stories "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gillman, "Careful," and "Where I'm Calling From" by Raymond Carver, and the novels One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. All of these works are discussed in how they relate to and portray the psychological disorders of schizophrenia, depression, substance abuse disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Recommended Citation

Smeds, Emily. "'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest:'" A Study on American Fiction and Mental Health." Honors Project, Bridgewater College, 2023.

Force Open Access