In Ken Kesey’s comic novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, gender is a definer of one's power in the hospital, and this leads to Nurse Ratched hiding her femininity, the patients’ attempts to boost their own masculinity, and both sides trying to expose the other. Kesey uses these examples to explain that men cannot handle a female leader. Nurse Ratched, a female who is head of the ward, attempts to hide her femininity so the men respect her power. At the beginning of the novel, Bromden is describing the Nurse’s appearance. He states, “A mistake was made somehow in manufacturing, putting those big, womanly breasts on what would of otherwise been a perfect work, and you can see how bitter she is about it” (6).
The novel focuses on Nao Kao and Foua Lee’s youngest daughter Lia, who is diagnosed by modern medicine with epilepsy and by holistic medicine with the spirit catches you and you fall down. Throughout the novel the Lee’s struggle to effectively communicate with many doctors, nurses and social workers due to the language barrier and cultural divide between the Hmong and the Americans. This raises the question, how important is perspective taking when deciding between modern medicines versus holistic medicine? A common theme throughout the novel is trust or lack thereof.
While the movie is fiction, it does contain a realistic moral lesson that can be applied to real life. The scenario is based on past possibilities as the treatment that the patients received is very outdated as 1) there are not nearly as many asylums as there were in the 1980s and 2) the mistreatment of patients is also very outdated as their rights have increased over time. The film makes a moral argument about the importance of self image and maintenance of self respect. McMurphy teaches the other patients (and the audience) that they must be confident in themselves and that even if they are crazy, they’re still people. This message can be related to the reading of The Moral of the Story: An Introduction to Questions of Ethics and Human Nature as the morals can teach us about real life and further philosophical
The tem ethics refers to the moral principles that guide a person’s behavior, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of their actions. In the field of nursing, these moral principles govern the relationship between the nurse and the patient, members of the healthcare team, and society at large. Nurses must constantly question whether a certain procedure or course of treatment is in the best interest of the patient. When viewing the film “Miss Evers’ Boys”, it was clear that the doctors, researchers, and even Miss Evers were not acting in the best interest of all the patients. This movie depicted true events of a study that took place in Macon County, Alabama, in 1932.
Matched vs The Giver Dystopian worlds are illusions of a perfect world, they trick the citizens to believe. “Matched” by Ally Condie is a dystopian society novel with a heavily controlled society, in which the government matches you with another citizen and are to be bounded together for life. After Cassia is matched, but, she reveals stronger, unwanted feelings for someone else. Throughout the novel, Cassia divulges information about the government of how they watch her and treat the one she truly loves. The government forces citizens to take pills to stay alive, to calm the mind, and to forget.
However the arrival of a new patient, McMurphy’s makes other patients to rebel against authority that Ratched uses to control them. Through out the book Nurse Ratched actions shows how an authority figures like her can often abuse their power by enforcing rules on “less” inferior individuals which leads to problems. Nurse Ratched is known as the authority figure in the hospital. The patients see no choice but to follow her rules that she had laid down for them. She uses the force of her hatred and fear to get things done.
In order to address the modern perversion of democracy, Ken Kesey constructs the mental institution as a microcosm of society, which serves as a lens to examine the autocratic state of government and its promotion of mass ignorance, and condemnation of dissent within Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Most significantly, Kesey depicts the doctor’s deceptive expression of the “Therapeutic Community [as] a democratic ward, run completely by the patients and their votes”(48). Although Spivey and many of the patients firmly hold onto this belief of possessing self-determination, Kesey indicates that the ward’s mission statement is merely an optimistic delusion to appease the patients by making it appear as though their opinion matters; however, the grim reality of the
The main character states that her dad said she should cut her hair because she looks like “one of them anti-establishment folks”. 1960’s counterculture trends included having long hair had this been a different time period having long hair would not have seemed so taboo. In addition to that the main character is an anti-establishmentarian her views in the story often reflect that thinking. These views were extremely common in the 1960’s, these views set up the story and impact the characters motivation showing 1960’s countercultures impact on Go Ask Alice.
In order to demonstrate the detrimental impact of societal institutions such as the mental hospital and the federal government on their subordinates, Ken Kesey captures the patients’ endeavor to become whole again as they temporarily escape the Combine’s clutches within his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. At the beginning of Part 3, it appears Nurse Ratchet’s regime is nearly toppled and that the machinery has lost its control. In fact, McMurphy even draws “[laughs] out of some Acute who’d been scared to grin since he was twelve” and forms a basketball team for the inmates (175). Moreover, Chief Bromden speaks for the first time in years and achieves an erection after his pivotal conversation. Clearly, Kesey indicates the decline of the matriarchy and as a result, portrays the patients as regaining their masculinity.
The society of that time had ideas and expectations on how women should behave. They were expected to be humble, pure, innocent, good wives and mothers. Furthermore, they were seen as inferior to men in almost every aspect. Feeling himself as a 'misfit ', Hardy was always in a disagreement with editors and critics, thus he had to edit his texts to conform the Victorian Society. In this way, he identified himself with the suppressed classes.
The creation of asylums allowed for these individuals to be put into an environment where they were away from society and surrounded by those who were like them. This allowed for patients to receive care and receive more attention throughout America. " Pennsylvania Hospital(PAH)- the nation 's first hospital, founded in 1751...was also the first to treat mental illnesses and became a primary force in shaping the attitude of colonial Americans"( Penn. Hospital). Colonists did not want these patients surrounding them and hospitals and asylums allowed for these patients to no longer be bothered by those who thought that they were complete maniacs. This allowed for a better environment, but at the same time other states did not want to create other asylums
This conclusion isn’t particularly dramatic, and it won’t make for good cinema. Cuckoo’s Nest is realistic in some ways, and it was a hugely important movie for the time, because it helped bring attention to some hospitals with unethical practices or unsafe living conditions. Both the book and the movie are insightful views into societal problems such as stereotypes about people who have mental disorders. But the film is largely out of date in terms of depicting hospital staff as manipulative or evil. From what I saw when I worked in a similar institution, mental hospitals are a calm, healing environments—as they
Psychoanalytic Criticism may also be applied, as her actions and thought patterns were heavily influenced by her sickness, "Better in body perhaps--" I began, and stopped short, for he sat up straight and looked at me with such a stern, reproachful look that I could not say another word. "My darling," said he, "I beg of you, for my sake and for our child 's sake, as well as for your own, that you will never for one instant let that idea enter your mind! There is nothing so dangerous, so fascinating, to a temperament like yours. It is a false
Eugenics was when the America attempted to breed out those who are not good enough and create a perfect society, this was done by persuading families who have unfit qualities to not have kids also the sterilization of unknowing women and sometimes men was common. The undesirables was a term used to describe those who where unfit for the prefect society that eugenics was trying to create. American doctors took it upon themselves to help create a perfect society deciding which babies live and die the infamous Dr. Haiselden was one who got caught and defended the act of letting babies die. The case of Buck vs. Bell was one that struck a cord with many Americans and is a big case when it comes to civil rights. Carrie buck was a 17-year-old rape victim that was impregnated by her attacker, she carried and gave birth to the child.
The general idea of the two experiments was to see how far an individual would go in order to stay obedient or change their beliefs to fall under an authoritative figures commands. Both of them expressed how personalities contrast was very limited. The prisoners in Zimbardo’s experiment were able to last longer against the conditions, expect a few who were released due to stress and signs of depression. No physical pain was needed to decipher if the prisoners would obey the guards. Conversely, he did stop his experiment early for social reasoning, as emotional trauma was done to the prisoners.