Benefits of Therapy Dogs By Ruthie Reed Do you love and enjoy the presence of having a dog or playing with one? Most people do but do not realize the benefits of doing it. Although this is unknown to many, including a dog in a therapy session can improve one's health just by petting it. The use of therapy dogs has many benefits for physical health, mental health, and the development of social skills. First of all, therapy dogs can help improve people's physical health in many ways.
It is known fact that up until recently those placed into mental institutions suffering from various illnesses have been treated poorly. Those who were subject to the torment of shock therapy and sedative drugs in the sixties and seventies know the pain of living in a cognitive institution. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), directed by Milos Forman, came out in the era of scandals revealing the awful conditions found in mental hospitals. However, this film does not focus on the living situation in the hospital, but funnels its efforts to look deeper into the characters that inhabit the establishment. This movie fights the ideas of conformity and protests for the right of free thinking all while presenting it in an accessible way for the populous.
One aspect of Kesey’s display of his distaste for influential women, is displayed through the character, Nurse Ratched (Big Nurse). The nurse used her calm composure to manipulate the men in the ward. In one part of the novel, Chief, the main character, observes that the nurse’s expression is “smiling, pitying, patient, and disgusting all at once---a trained expression” (Kesey, 176). This shows that Nurse Ratched is deceitful. She isn’t honest with her actions and she put on an act to trick people into trusting her.
Devin Lunsky Period 4 Ken Kesey’s novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is about a criminal who is sent to a psych ward for an evaluation, but ends up developing strong and meaningful relationships with the men on the ward who turn him into a better person. One interesting part the book is that it has many different people. There are more than 30 people on the ward who develop the story. It can be hard to keep track of the different people, however, each person is used to highlight problems that Ken Kesey felt needed to be talked about such as racism, homophobia, sexism, and the treatment of mental health patients. R.P.
It is also important to note that Bromden is able to recall this significant childhood memory as it reveals his escape from the Fog. Later, as the men leave the hospital and embark on the fishing trip, their intense psychological conditioning dissipates, and they gradually recover, or revert, to unexpectedly conventional members of society. Significantly, Kesey depicts McMurphy as “[leading] the twelve… towards the ocean” and also as a “fisher of men”(203,198). Obviously, Kesey likens McMurphy to Jesus and the twelve disciples to implicate that McMurphy directs them on a righteous path towards salvation away from the malevolent hospital. Additionally, McMurphy heals the character George, who was previously overwhelmed by thoughts of being unclean, by granting him the powerful role of the ship’s captain.
Ken Kesey is an author from the 1960’s, who is best known for his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Kesey’s novel was written as a result of his many trials with experimental drugs. While he was under the influence of drugs, like LSD, he would brainstorm ideas for his novel. After sobering, he would re-visit the ideas and get rid of what he thought to be ‘trash’ (Lehmann-Haupt). Kesey got a job working on the psychiatric ward of a hospital to earn extra money.
Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, published in 1962, tells the story of men in a psychiatric ward and focuses on two characters called McMurphy and Bromden, and their defiance towards the institution’s system. A critical factor in this novel are the women. The 1960’s played a significant role in changing the norms of social issues, and the perfect idea of women was changing too. Women were no longer just stay at home wives, but had their own voice in society, and many people did not agree with these untraditional views. Kesey’s representation of women in this novel illustrate them in a poor light that makes it obvious that they don’t fit the ideal womanly persona.
McMurphy’s behavioural patterns are likened to a dog several times in times throughout the novel, such as when Chief Bromden describes him sitting down, “He goes over to his chair, gives another big stretch and yawn, sits down and moves around for a while like a dog coming to rest” (Kesey 48), and when Harding says, “Friend… you… may be a wolf… You have a very wolfy roar,” (67). Due to McMurphy’s strong connection to dogs, much can be foreshadowed through events in
compares Kesey's writing to others and depicts individual freedoms that Kesey's characters give up. Quinn, Laura. "Moby Dick vs. Big Nurse: A Feminist Defense of a Misogynist Text: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Novels for Students, vol. 2, Gale, 1998.
In the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, one of the themes explored is the battle between conformity and individuality. This battle is hashed out between the two characters: Nurse Ratched and Randle McMurphy. In McMurphy’s world of individuality, everything is laid back, cheerful and lighthearted, while the Nurse’s world of conformity is uptight, heartless and mechanical. Nurse’s conformist attitude is reflected through her reaction to McMurphy’s singing, and walking around in a towel. Once she processes McMurphy’s disregard for ward policy, “her nostrils flare open...when she rumbles past she’s already big as a truck, trailing that wicker bag behind her exaust like a semi behind a Jimmy Diesel” (87).