The story revolves around the power struggle between Nurse Ratched and boisterous newcomer Randle McMurphy. McMurphy realizes that much of her control comes from her lack of femininity and as a result he uses it against her in disrupting the established power. By nurse Ratched dressing in a masculine way, the patients are seemingly rendered powerless against her non femininity. Kesey supports traditional gender expectations in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest through the
Kesey explains that men cannot handle a female leader throughout the text. The Nurse suppresses the masculinity of the patients because she would have no power against them in their full strength. The men would not respect her power and revolt. Though Kesey’s characters convey misogynistic messages in the novel, the reader understands it as a critique of the male conscience. This timeless novel promotes awareness of gender issues in an uncommon fashion that relates to problems in today’s social
In the novel One Flew over the Cuckoo 's Nest the women are portrayed as the power figures and have the power to manipulate, or control the men in the ward, as shown by the one of the main character whom is Nurse Ratched. Nurse Ratched is a former army nurse who works in the ward. Ratched is a harsh female that can make men feel stupid and weak in able to gain control over them. She uses power with her strength and is very successful at getting people to do what she wants. She has desires to order men in the ward, and she wants complete power, so she control her patients and the staff to do fulfill her desires.
McMurphy and the head nurse, Nurse Ratched, are the two characters battling for power in the ward. Many female characters in this story are portrayed as manipulative and emasculating to the men in the ward. With this, Ken Kesey supports typical gender roles by portraying the women not following gender roles as manipulative and emasculating to men through the characters of Chief’s mother, Nurse Ratched, and Vera Harding. One character that does not show typical gender roles and is shown as being manipulative is Chief’s mother. During an inspection of the Native American village that Chief’s family lived in by the government, they were to speak on the best way to start the talks to acquire the land from the residents.
Through the novel, we can see how Gilead negatively affects the psychology and mentality of the handmaids that makes them to give up to the system and brain washes them. One example is Janine. She is rejecting her victimization and ignorant of her own victimization, Janine looks revolting, pathetic, and distressed. For example, Offered describes Janine as pitiful since she tries to fulfill Gilead’s roles. She describes her how she throws herself into the testifying and feels arrogance in describing her rape story and abortion; subsequently, feels guilty when she had done nothing wrong.
The nurse in question was reprimanded for unprofessional behaviour in the workplace. Although there were several incidences, for the purpose of this answer I will focus on just two; one relating to a patient and one relating to a fellow worker. “a Band 5 Staff nurse… was said to have “yanked a patient’s arm” during a routine blood pressure check. The patient allegedly screamed “Get away from me, you’re scaring me”” (2). Putting any patient in this situation and making them feel frightened and unsafe in an environment where they’re already exposed and, more often than not, very ill is unacceptable behaviour by any professional operating within a hospital, clinic, or even from the patient’s own home.
Throughout the beginning of the novel it is evident that some characters over use their powers, one of these characters being Nurse Ratched. Nurse Ratched uses her position in the ward to take advantage of the patients and make sure that they adhere to everyone of her daunting commands. Nurse Ratched “tends to get real put out if something keeps her outfit from running like a smooth, accurate, precision-made machine” (Kesey 28) because she has been on the ward for so long that when something doesn 't go according to her plan, she starts to get mad and will often try to use her power to come down on the patient 's. Nurse Ratched is in control of the whole ward and when someone does something that isn 't in her manuscript she gets irritated. The ward will be run her way and only her way, “ under her rule the ward inside is almost completely adjusted to surroundings” (Kesey 28).
For her heart is violent”. This saying shows that the nurse is afraid that she will hurt someone as she is convulsive and that later in the play something dreadful will occur. “ She’s a dangerous woman. It won’t be easy for any man who picks a fight with her to think she’s beaten her and he’s triumphed.” This means that Medea is hostile to the idea of men dominating over her, in other words she is a very powerful, independent female. It gives us a hint that later in the play the powerful, independent character of Medea will appear.
Nurse Ratched is a harsh, dictatorial woman who manipulates her patients in order to keep her extreme power. “She smiles and closes her eyes again and shakes her head gently. "Of course, you may take the suggestion up with the rest of the staff at some time, but I'm afraid everyone's feelings will correspond with mine” (Kesey). Even though readers do not get to see the Big Nurse outside of the hospital and her strict personality, she uses the mistreatment of the patients as a defense of events from her personal life. Despite her acting as if she has total regulation of the ward, Nurse Ratched is actually unstable in her life, feeling vulnerable by the patients because they bring up the idea that she may not be mentally secure
It is in this way that the sexist medical practices perceived in modern practices oppress women, demeaning them and making their problems seem lesser than they are. Comparatively, R. Levinson’s Sexism in medicine (1976) discusses the major implications that sexism within medical practices can have. One large example of this can be found in the practice of victim blaming. Most notable examples of this fall under the blaming of rape victims for the crime committed but can also be found, in less obvious terms, for any woman. Women seeking help in the medical field often feel ignored or ridiculed for seeking help, feeling as if they are