One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Critical Essay

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Critical essay theory The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. This is what defines freedom, the definition being considered, our society never had true freedom by definition. We have always taken security over some of our freedom, but in this novel, security of societies comfort is taken too far when people who do not fully conform to society rules and conventions are forced to feel safe in the confinement of the mental institution. Looking through an existential lens, the novel “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s nest” by Ken Kesey expresses the issues involving freedom of being oneself different from what society is conformed to, and how we act upon the people who are different to what we are accustomed to. In the novel, it demonstrates the sexual repression and the pressures citizens face from society to conform. In the novel, author hints that a moderate expression of sexuality leads to independence, confidence and liberty; Key components needed in…show more content…
Ms. Ratched made it so that the patients would even go against other’s beliefs in order to put the victims down. When McMurphy saw this he called it a ‘peckin party’. McMurphy explains it as, “The flock gets sight of a spot of blood on some chicken and they all go to peckin' at it, see, till they rip the chicken to shreds, blood and bones and feathers. But usually a couple of the flock gets spotted in the fracas, then it's their turn. And a few more gets spots and gets pecked to death, and more and more.” This shows that Nurse is pitting the patients against each other so that she, the leader of the flock, can stay dominate and in control. This reveals that the hospital is not about dehumanizing the patients until they are weak and willing to conform to
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