In the novel “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”, the narrator, Chief Bromden, tells the reader a terrible tale. At the end of the first chapter, he prepares the reader for what is to come. With the saying “But it’s the truth, even if it didn’t happen”(8), he says that even though what he will narrate sounds too horrible to be true, it is. This harbinger points to how the institute tears down the patients so much that they will come to find laughter as something to help them take back their freedom. The hospital ward is controlled and dominated by Nurse Ratched, who has over the years gained enough power to now control every thing and person in the ward.
In Henry James’s novella, The Turn of the Screw, the topics of sanity and insanity are commonly argued among the readers. Insanity is the state of madness or being irrational while sanity is reasonable behavior. It is up to the audience to decide on whether the author intended for the governess to be sane or insane. Despite this dissension, the governess is insane throughout the whole story because she possesses all the symptoms of a paranoid schizophrenic, has an obsessive personality, and is the only one who claims she sees the apparitions. The governess is clearly insane because her behavior shows the symptoms of someone who is a paranoid schizophrenic.
“Paranoia is the belief that people are conspiring against you and deliberately trying to harm you” (Mirowsky, Ross 228). It is only natural for a man who had everything taken away from him to be wary of his surroundings, and find it difficult to trust anyone or anything. However, Chief’s association of the Nurse's station with a control panel that keeps the entire ward running, reveals his deepest layer of paranoia. Chief has always felt as though he was being controlled, and his paranoia regarding those running the ward shows readers that he does not trust them in any way. At one point Chief even goes as far to say that Nurse Ratched controls time on the ward.
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
The reason why he couldn’t remain under the same roof as Hassan was because he felt guilty that he hadn’t tried to stop the rape and save his friend. The reason why he couldn’t step in to save his friend was because he was not strong enough and wanted to please his father at any
As time went on he realized he needed to stand up for the other men on the ward. He did not like how they were being treated by the powerful, controlling Nurse Ratched and they weren’t doing anything about it. He knew he was the only one who was strong enough to stand up to her and try to change things. He then made it his mission to take down Nurse Ratched for the sake of the whole ward. A fatal flaw that leads to the downfall of a tragic hero is specifically called hamartia.
On the other hand he needs an emotional connection with a person before he can do anything physical, hence why he could not bring himself to have sex with the prostitute without first talking, something the prostitute found bizarre and annoying saying “listen, if you're gonna talk, do it. I got things to do”. Later in the story he meets up with his old friend Sally Hayes, who he finds physically attractive, but cannot seem to create an emotional connection with her without being annoyed, and later tells Sally that “you give me a royal pain in the ass”, something that offends her so much that she outright refused to speak to him
Likely, this also shown the principles in Waknuk have blinded the people terribly, people always think it is the punishment from God toward them but actually it is not. People in Waknuk are punished each other as well as from the belief spills of the “Old People” have left, however, these principles made the Waknuk society fall. Therefore, people in Waknuk should have acceptance to deviation and mutant people rather than send to the Fringes or kill them because they could lose talented people that could rise their
Ken Kesey’s book titled “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” encapsulates the theme of insanity. The book questions not only the reader, but humanity on “What is insanity?” and therefore “What makes a person insane?”. An example of these moral questions is best displayed in the quote “Tell me why. You gripe, you bitch for weeks on end about how you can’t stand this place, can’t stand the nurse or anything about her, and all the time you ain’t committed. I can understand it with some of those old guys on the ward.
Tom is extremely on edge throughout the novel about the past relationship between Gatsby and Daisy and how it is starting to develop once more. Tom, all the while, is being unfaithful to his wife, Daisy. Tom has an affair with George Wilson’s wife, Myrtle Wilson. A few times it does not go unnoticed that Tom is taking a phone call at an inappropriate times and on the other end of the phone is Myrtle Wilson. Daisy has suspicions of her husband’s infidelity but has not been told by Tom that she is being betrayed.