Abusing Power: A Literary Theme Analysis of Part One in Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Throughout the passage of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, from Kesey’s “Part One”, we come across our protagonist, Randle Patrick “Mac” McMurphy. He is the manipulator of the ward who fights against society’s demands as opposed to the oppressive Nurse Ratched “Big Nurse”, who controls the ward under her tyrannical rule. McMurphy is admitted into a mental institution in Salem, Oregon, claiming that he’s indeed a “psychopath”, which is all just an act to escape labor duties at the Pendleton Work Farm. After his arrival, he has certainly shifted the ward by encouraging the patients to rebel against the Nurse Ratched’s orders. He seeks to crack Nurse Ratched by testing her authority, but what he doesn’t realize is that she’s capable of using her power against him — by sending him to the Shock Shop.
The resulting novel uses the fog, the machine, the Combine, and religious imagery as a culminating analysis of societal problems and the people who cause them. Kesey chooses Bromden, a dynamic character of questionable reliability, as the narrator to relay the experience and mindset of a patient to the reader. Bromden commonly visualizes the ward as being screened by a fog, an important factor when considering McMurphy’s effect on the ward. Before McMurphy was committed into the ward, there was an air of paranoia due to the patient 's’ belief that they were powerless to stop the cruelty of the black boys. However, he brings with him a change in atmosphere, making “everybody over there feel uneasy, with all his kidding and joking and with the brassy way he hollers at that black boy who’s still after him… and especially with that big wide-open laugh of his” (18-19).
Based on an Edgar Allen Poe story, Stonehearst Asylum is about a woman, Eliza Graves, committed to an insane asylum by her father’s wish. Throughout the story she is a pawn in the doctor’s game. Eliza is a great example of gender criticism because of how she came to be admitted, and how the other women in the asylum are oppressed by the superior acting men. Gender criticism is an extended version of feminist literary criticism, focusing not just on women but on the construction of gender and sexuality. In Stonehearst Asylum, the women in the asylum are controlled by the men.
He even brands himself with the letter A, a mark of his sins that he is only willing to reveal to himself until the end of the novel. He “stood on the verge of lunacy” (135), tortured by both himself and by Chillingworth. Even when he finally reveals his sin, he dies right after, admitting his cowardice in that he would rather die than experience public shame. He may have lived an easier life had he revealed his secret, but he was too focused on upholding his current moral righteousness that he could not bring himself to divulge his wrongdoings. His own shame was so strong that it led to
When one thinks of an asylum their minds go directly to insane, illness, and crazy; or at least that was what people of the 1950s transitioning into the 1960s. Instead, they contributed to the beat down of the mentally ill; abuse of the people who tried to get help when they thought they were sick. In Ken Kesey’s, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the mistreatment of patients in the asylum wing in a hospital is exhibited showing the cruelty of the workers or the stereotypical thought of someone who belongs in such an institution (when they do not even belong there). The main character Chief Bromden is a patient in the ward who pretends to be deaf in order to hear all information floating around in conversations. He is the narrator of the novel
Inigo repeatedly repeats to himself, “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya and you killed my father. Prepare to die.” The phrase summarizes Inigo’s thirst for vengeance with Count Rugen. As a child, Inigo respected his father as a person who had created the most wonderful sword for the six-fingered Count Rugen. Out of nowhere, the Count came with the sword to Domingo complaining about the swords condition and refused to pay the entire amount. Due to anger, Count Rugen killed Domingo and devastated Inigo’s life.
Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest follows the power struggle between Nurse Ratched, a head nurse in a psychiatric ward, and Randle Patrick McMurphy, a felon pretending insanity to escape prison. Ironically, though Nurse Ratched holds position as caretaker, she actually does the complete opposite and inflicts pain on the patient's. When McMurphy then goes on to realizes that he is at Nurse Ratched’s mercy. He begins to submit to her because he wants to leave. However, when he finds out that she is the one who causes Billy Bibbit to commit suicide.
In Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, using a pen as his weapon the author wages a war for individualism against our oppressive society. Ironically, the race and gender stereotypes he employs are oppressive themselves. The book is about the struggle between chaos and order. There’s no freedom without a little chaos, yet to maintain order, there must be oppression. McMurphy upsets the established routine of the ward, asking for schedule changes and inspiring resistance during therapy sessions.
In novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey, a leader organizes a group of mental patients and rebels against the figurehead of the broken institutional system of the mental hospital. McMurphy pushes The institutions rules of order, bringing out the evil in the situation. Bromden, due to his bias narration, misconstrues Nurse Ratched as the antagonist where, in truth, she falsifies this by trying to maintain order and by ultimately seeking the best for her patients. Kesey chooses Bromden as the narrator, by doing this, he introduces an element of skepticism for the audience as Brombden opposes the institution. He only associates negative things to the institution because of what they did to him.
This need for friends has developed into him being evil; where as if he had friends, then he probably would not want to cause pain and misery upon everyone. Without friends, the creature’s hatred has developed against all mankind (101). The morale that can be taken from the creature’s need for friendship is that people cannot judge a book by its cover and listen to what people have to say. People judged and rejected the creature without listening to him. If they listened to the monster, then they could learn the true nature of the being, which would lead to friendship.