Examples Of Belief In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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How Belief Shapes a Person. Show how belief or faith is represented in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and discuss how this aspect might be interpreted or understood in different historical, cultural, or social contexts. Have you ever been in such a dark place that sometimes all you need is help from someone else to help you escape that dark place? In the story “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” this situation is shown when Randle McMurphy gets committed to the ward. My goal in this paper is to thoroughly describe how McMurphy has changed the beliefs for the other men in the ward, and how he has helped them overcome their fears. To achieve this goal, I have organized my paper into three sections. In the first section, I provide information …show more content…

This gives Nurse Ratched a special power over him because she is friends with Billy’s mother. Which causes Billy to have no authority over himself. He thinks everyone else has to be in charge, but never him. He doesn’t know how to take charge of himself. McMurphy, however, is the complete opposite. Therefore, he helps Billy overcome his anxiety and fear of worrying about what other people will think, and helps him do something for himself for once. McMurphy can see that Billy has interest in Candy, but won’t do anything about it himself, because he doesn’t think he should. He encourages Billy's interest in the opposite sex and arranges for Candy to come to visit Billy. With support from the other men and McMurphy, Billy went for it, he finally believed that he was good enough to do something and didn’t rely on what he thought would happen if his mother had found out, or what others would think. However, when Nurse Ratched returned the next morning and confronts Billy, she is able to bring him right back to the place of shame and fears that he has always felt. He is so ashamed, that he blames McMurphy and commits suicide. Even though he may have not kept the belief that he gained from McMurphy, he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to ever experience it if it weren’t for

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