How do I begin an essay when I'm not quite sure where to start?
It is invaluable to talk to other people about your assignment. Another way to get your creativity going is by taking a pen and paper, putting your phone across the room from you, and write whatever you can about your subject for about 30 minutes. People often get apprehensive when they're writing because they want it to be perfect from the start, but this is impossible for even the most experienced writer! Just getting something down on paper and without distractions will help you start sorting out what you want your essay to look like.
Does Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" reinforce traditional ideas of madness and mental illness, or does it challenge traditional ideas? Or somewhere in between?
Through a combination of quirky, yet sympathetic, characters and a narrative structure that challenges the authority of administrative power, we can see that Kesey challenges the typical ideas of madness, instead suggesting that the characters in the asylum are perhaps only there because of their inability to completely conform to society's rules.
How do you achieve parallel structure in a sentence?
When listing items in a sentence, make sure that they are described with equal grammatical structure.