Mccarthyism In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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In the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey, life described as either pain or laughter. McMurphy teaches that life's sorrows are redeemed through laughter, which is depicted as the ultimate rebellion. Applying archetypal theory to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest portrays McMurphy as the saviour from the dictatorial force of authority and society by sacrificing his welfare to free the controlled minds of the patients. McMurphy’s journey of redeeming freedom by sacrificing himself echoes Christ’s sacrifice. In Randle Patrick McMurphy’s life, it is a constant struggle with authority. When he is transferred to a mental institution, he realizes the oppressive control placed by Nurse Ratched. McMurphy notices that Nurse Ratched's…show more content…
At the meeting, Nurse Ratched opens a discussion about Harding’s experience with his wife. During the meeting, the patients gang up on Harding and shred his sexual issues. The reality of the dysfunctional ward is shown when McMurphy states, “Is this the usual pro-cedure for these Group Ther’py shindigs? Bunch of chickens at a peckin’ party?” (57). The hypothetical good intention of the meeting is to help mentally unstable patients in order to improve emotional and mental growth, which could help lead patients to being sane. Instead of improving patient’s wellbeing, the reality of the meeting is to put everyone against each other in order to induce a “pecking party” to “wipe out the whole flock”. McMurphy gives Bromden Juicy Fruit after Geever, and aid, leaves the bedroom. Before Bromden realized what he was doing, he told McMurphy, “Thank you.” (185). His first words show his hidden emotions toward McMurphy. McMurphy has a big impact on the patients and allowed them to be men. He healed Bromden from his deafness and dumbness and gave him hope, freedom, and masculinity. This statement shows how Bromden is thankful for McMurphy and what he has done for the other patients. At the start, McMurphy seems to be careless that breaks the rules whenever he feels like it and rebels at any open chance. He starts realizing how much he influences the other patients. He has become serious, kinder, patient, and through his recent acts, allowed the patients to realize they can help
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