A tragic hero must be fundamentally good but have a fatal flaw that ultimately leads to their downfall. McMurphy truly was a fundamentally good person.. Throughout the course of the novel, he grew to really care about the other patients on the ward. In the beginning he annoyed Nurse Ratched solely for his own benefit and entertainment. As time went on he realized he needed to stand up for the other men on the ward.
McMurphy is the joker needed to save the men from paralyzing angst and lack of self-confidence. He accomplishes this by exposing the men to new experiences and stirring conflict with the nurses and guards. The antagonist of the film is Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) who is the chief caretaker of the patients. Her character is the antithesis of McMurphy as she is cold and follows the rules absolutely. At every instance McMurphy tries to free the patients of routine Nurse Ratched is there to corral the men back to mundanity.
Although the novel does not have many role models, it does have one important one that is McMurphy. McMurphy is shown as one who does do things for selfish reasons such as gambling and taking advantage of situations to get what he wants. But he is also shown as one who self sacrifices himself for the good of his people, which are the patients of the ward. The Nurse uses time as her strongest asset in her battle with McMurphy so even though she is losing in this
Men controlled everything, even their wives. Now, some of these men were justifiable; they did it to protect their woman but in doing so gave the other part a view of a different side. In Madness and Misogony in Ken Kesey’s One flew over the Cuckoos Nest, Vitkus states that McMurphy is the Charismatic one, a figure of spiritual strength and sexual energy (65). It is apparent from a historical perspective that McMurphy is charismatic: he not only strives to save his fellow patients, but also tries to save Nurse Ratched, the antagonist, from herself. He promises to help Bromden out as a manly agreement to assist the other in need.
Around the midpoint of the book, we start to see Wes getting better with staying away from the culture of the streets; On page 110 Wes starts to reevaluate himself, “The sight of her coming of her high...disgusted Wes. He saw this every day. The people who would line up around the corner for drugs...He knew these people because he was the one who got them what they needed. It was his job. And it pained him to realize that the mother of his children was just like them.” Wes realized that his job wasn’t a real ‘job’, it was a source to feed addictions like Cheryl’s.
Living as a “normal” citizen of his time, and the growing feelings of uneasiness this brought allowed him to realize the wrongs of his society’s ways and begin to seek life anew. Throughout his search, Montag also comes to know the importance of self-understanding, an essential element to a truly fulfilled life. Although it is common practice for individuals to go through life under the false conviction that “ignorance is bliss,” Ray Bradbury reveals that this notion is far from reality. Without an understanding of the world and one’s personal role in it, one can only go through life living out a pre-packaged lie, a plastic mold of expectation that cannot bring personal fulfillment or
Observing the love and affection between others only increases the effect his own solitude has on him. He is aware of his otherness and knows that he is “shut out from intercourse” (84) with the people he holds so dear. It can be argued that this is the point where the creature’s humanity is the strongest throughout the course of story. He has a basic understanding of human societies, he speaks and reads their language, shows compassion and, most importantly, seeks their company and friendship. In his knowledge that social belonging is the missing component to his own happiness, he confronts the people he secretly observed only to, once again, be met with fear and anger (94-95).
They feel sorrow, remorse and even pain themselves for what they have done. Even the ones who are totally scared can be the ones who like it just to not be picked on so much. Yet, not everyone will be that type of person. For the ones who don’t take a liking to Valley Forge, are the ones who don’t show respect for anyone, “As silence finally returned to my room, I moved my hand from my eyes and calmly spoke: “Man, if you don’t get out of my room…”(pg 87). They want to feel in charge all the time and anytime they want.
With the aid of overdoing his socialization along with his patrol Sgt. Gresham had misplaced the voice of command on his friends and no one among the friends took him seriously. The important drawback Sgt. Gresham is facing is the predicament to alter his supervisory methods and alter from being the “cop of law enforcement officials” to “the hated cop” however as a reword he would be able to revive his command popularity or, to disregard the complaints and continue his approach of supervising. As Sgt.
Even the block leaders are frustrated and pitiful. The Kapos are shown to be somewhat sympathetic to their fellow prisoners by assuring that they will live another day, but ones like the Blockalteste don’t know how to keep the wider populace calmed when they know death may come. The block leader shuts them out in his office when men beg him not to be killed(140), and fails to keep spirits high when a man says he may be taken for whatever experimental horrors to torture him (100). With all these negative things, it is hard to imagine that Wiesel could live with these perpetually in his head. Indeed, He may be using literacy as an emotional outlet to share with others.