Of Ted Bundy In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest?

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Ted Bundy, an infamous serial killer in the 1970s, also volunteered at a suicide helpline. Using his manipulative personality, he convinced people to live. Although Bundy is better known for the dozens of women he murdered, he also made a positive impact on several people. As author Shinde Sweety said in her novel Arjun:Without a Doubt, “No person is completely wicked, just as no person is perfect. We are all grey.” Similarly, In the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Randle Patrick McMurphy’s traits and actions blur the line between good and evil. McMurphy is committed to a mental institution in the late 1950s. There he challenges the control and dominance of the unmerciful Nurse Ratched. McMurphy’s traits show he is a flawed…show more content…
Once McMurphy realizes the patients could use his guidance, he begins to positively impact them. Throughout the book, McMurphy gives advice to the patients to try and break them of their fears. What immediately strikes McMurphy is that the ward is devoid of laughter. Continuously McMurphy tries to get a laugh out of the patients. Bromden says, “He knew you can’t really be strong until you can see a funny side to things”(Kesey,227). He knows that laughter is the best medicine and could be more therapeutic for them than a lot of the techniques the ward uses. McMurphy also gives them advice on making an effort. When the patients on the ward are too afraid to go against Nurse Ratched and have a fear of failure, McMurphy shows them it is better to try than not at all. He does this by making a bet he can do the seemingly impossible. Although he fails he says , “But I tried, though. Goddammit, I sure as hell did that much, now, didn’t I”(Kesey,125)? The advice on effort is largely what drives the patients to make an attempt to change ward policy the next chance they get. Besides giving the patients advice, he improves their lives through changing the ward policies. The first improvement he makes is creating a second day room. He sets a good example for the other patients that perserverence and effort can have a great reward, for he does not give up on the idea of the day room when first told no. Another significant action he takes is planning a fishing trip. The trip invigorates the men and gives them greatly needed experience in the world outside the asylum. Bromden says he felt, "better than he remembered feeling since he was a kid, when everything was good and the land was still singing kids' poetry to him" (Kesey, 243). Allowing the Acutes to see life outside the asylum could promote them to leave the
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