Nurse Ratched: The Big Nurse

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Nurse Ratched (Big Nurse) is the head nurse of the ward, or the combine as Bromden calls it, and she runs and directs the institution. She is very powerful and demanding – the ward only functions in the way she sees fit. Ratched will often dominate over the patients and other ward staff, even the doctor on staff. She also exposes the ward patients to electro-shock therapy if they disobey her orders. Like a massive obstacle, the Big Nurse proves to assert her power over all the patients and seems to care more about the functionality of the ward rather than her patient’s humanity. She is the antagonist of the story. The protagonist, our main character and hero, is Randle McMurphy – a man who is new to the ward and who often rebels against the

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