In his comedic novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey uses Chief Bromden, a Native-American man suffering from schizophrenia, to tell the story of an intense struggle for power between the Big Nurse and a new patient. Named McMurphy, this admission brings an aspect to the ward that is noticeably absent under the Nurse’s reign: laughter. The introduction of humor to the ward disrupts the atmosphere of conformity and submission crafted the Big Nurse. Throughout the book, the two engage in a series of battles as the Big Nurse attempts to prevent the McMurphy and the rest of the men from laughing and while more abstractly aiming to eliminate their autonomy. Battling back, McMurphy tries to teach the men that they themselves can use laughter to fight back against
The forces of pronatalism are significant to women as it is the philosophy responsible for the persistent idea that a woman’s destiny and ultimate fulfilment is entrenched in childbearing and motherhood. Furthermore, pronatalism focuses on the advantages of having children while minimizing the disadvantages (Veevers). It creates the mother hood mandate the idea that regardless of whatever she chooses to do in life, a woman’s role must involve maternity (Russo,1976). Pronatalism comes at women from every angle, from the religious command to mother, to psychological theories which define maternity as a requirement for healthy female psychological development (Daniluk, 1999). Similarly it is at work in the media, on television and in
a mad world Madness, lobotomies, electro-shocks, misfits, normality; these words are the ones the people use when they talked about mental illness in the 19th Century. The 50’s and the 60’s were difficult times to live with a mental disorder, due to the fact that they were a stigma to the society and we all know how a stigma works: it consumes the people with fear. In the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey puts in the spotlight the mental institutions and the “great solutions” that the government and psychiatrists developed. And it makes you wonder: Were they mentally ill or they made them believe that? Throughout Ken Kesey 's novel, “One Flew over the Cuckoo 's Nest,” the use of manipulation is a recurring, the character that uses it the most if the Nurse Ratchet.
Is conformity healthy for individuals in a society? In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, a patient in a mental hospital consistantantly talks about his experience with a fog. Chief Bromden, the narrator of the story, is given pills that cause intermittent hallucinations like people greatly changing size and mechanical sounds in the walls. But his most intense and important hallucination is fog. He describes it as coming out of the walls, so thick that he cannot see his hand in front of his face.
This reveals that after constant manipulation the victims brain is traumatized and is left with an ability to find change. Lastly, most men in the ward find Nurse Ratched to be scary and something to be reckoned with. The fear of Nurse Ratched causes the men to see most women as scary monsters and something to be hated. For example Harding is revealed to have many problems with his wife. “Touch upon the—subject, Mr. McMurry, the subject of Mr. Harding’s problem with his wife” (Kesey, 436).
When Chief attempts to wake McMurphy up, the fill and key light illuminates half of his face and eventually it lights up the entirety of Chief’s face. In comparison, McMurphy’s face is dimly lit after the lobotomy and gets darker when his life ends, showing that the ‘light’ has left him. The change of lighting symbolizes the recovery of Chief and also his final step from unreason (the alternate social norm) to reason, where he is now able to speak and integrate back to the social structure of Western culture. The final shot is also used to connote that the hospital is a cold, dark place and it solidifies the viewer’s negativity towards mental institution.
For, before the second vote on watching the World Series, Bromden reveals that the, “fog is rolling in thicker than [he] has ever seen before,” and that, “the more [he] thinks about how nothing can be helped, the faster the fog rolls in”(101). Here, Kesey presents the Nurse’s sedation of the inmates into a state of blissful ignorance by impairing their cognitive abilities with electroshock. With intense concentration and McMurphy’s charismatic rebellion “[pulling] people out of the fog,” Bromden is finally able to overcome his addled state and controversially sway the vote by securing the majority vote, a concept which had perpetuated the Nurse’s reign since out of the forty patients, many Chronics such as Ellis and Ruckley were simply incapable of voting (123). Thus, Kesey also comments on the often-tyrannical nature of majorities in a democratic government by demonstrating their formidable power to oppress minorities and prevent political
From this novel, we can learn and see that being ruthless and irrational will eventually lead us to disappointment. Dick is a world renowned psychologist who is intelligent and ambitious. He works in a clinic in Switzerland and this is where he meets Nicole Diver, a woman who seeks help from him after being raped by her father. The tragedy that struck her affects her deeply physically and mentally causing her to suffer from schizophrenia, a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between a real life experience and an unrealistic imagination. When Dick sets out and joins the army, Nicole sends him letters after letters talking about absolutely everything under the sun.
The novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey follows the story of a mental ward turned upside down by non-conforming patient, R.P. Mcmurphy, who challenges the ideology of the ward’s stern, abusive, and dictator-like head nurse, Mrs. Ratched. Throughout the novel, many instances of violent and inappropriate content occur. With content ranging from violence, use of alcohol and drugs, and inappropriate language, the novel has a smorgasbord of writing that is often times seen as inappropriate for younger audiences, particularly impressionable students who can exhibit this negative behavior in reality. This has lead many schools and educational institutions to question whether the book is appropriate to be in class curriculums, and has even sparked outrage from parents claiming that they will not allow their children to read the book’s stirring content. By researching the effects of graphic literature on young minds, it has become clear that although the questioned content within this novel definitely hold merits and contributes to the context of a 1960’s mental ward, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest should be prohibited from all high school curriculums because its violent and inappropriate depictions contribute to the adoption of damaging and violent behavior by students alike.
The next time Carl woke up he was in a white room with more a comfortable bed and room. He liked his room, he noticed the voices were no longer present. A man entered the room in all white attire. He told Carl to come with him. Carl wa slow to get up he had no clue where he was or what was going on.
While this may contribute to most institutions involving surveillance systems in society, in Nurse Ratched’s ward she is not hidden from the patients. All day long, Nurse Ratched sits behind glass in her nurse’s station, observing the patients: “The Big Nurse looks out through her special glass, always polished till you can’t tell it’s there, and nods at what she sees” (29). The nurse is entirely visible through the glass to patients, and they understand they are being watched by her, and will be given repercussions if they choose to go against her. Further, they know specifically who is watching them.
When he gets shipped off to the mental ward of a hospital he clashes with the main authoritative figure on the ward, Nurse Ratched. In the movie they have a battle of wills. McMurphy helps give the fellow patients a voice against the oppression, making them question the situations they are in. The ward is undoubtedly corrupt, even McMurphy says it at one point referring to Ratched lying when
Ken Kesey’s figurative language in his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, illustrates that a broken individual can be made whole again. Throughout his life, Bromden has always been assumed to be deaf and dumb. When he speaks to people, their “machinery disposes of the words like they were not even spoken” (181). Here, Kesey’s metaphor represents the effect that Bromden’s words have on a mind plagued with societal expectations. Bromden is a large, Native American man that does not conform to the mold set by the Combine.
In the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey, one can say that McMurphy’s tragic flaw is his ego of thinking he can win any situation with his charm. When McMurphy walks into the combine, he instantly charms the patients when he shakes everyone's hand. Any circumstance that is a task to McMurphy’s distinguished character, he will dissident against. In the mental ward, the controlling, devious Nurse Ratched delivers that precise test.