One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Themes

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‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is an American comedy-drama filmed in 1975 which was directed by Milos Forman. The film is based on a 1962 novel ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ by Ken Kesey. The film is about the protagonist Randle McMurphy, who was a recidivist criminal which avoided going to prison by serving the rest of his sentence in a mental asylum. He later finds out that the ward is run by a strict Nurse Ratched who is the antagonist in the film. Throughout the film many literally devices were explored such as themes, symbolisms, situational irony, setting, allusions and more. The main focuses were themes which were depicted in the film through manipulation. Another was situational irony which explored how McMurphy first entered …show more content…

In spite of the fact that McMurphy’s doctrine is not exactly the same principals as Christs, some of the messages portrayed are similar as he acts as a guardian/saviour for the patients. Christ required somewhat more than just miracles, to lead humanity to salvation, he needed support and a responsive gathering of people. He selected twelve disciples to spread the news of the Lord and sent them to purify malicious spirits. McMurphy likewise does the same by teaching the arts of their manhood to his own disciples. Though Christ and McMurphy have a difficult time convincing everybody, other’s doubts lead to their downfalls. One area, for instance, Christ took the devotees to show them was on a vessel in the sea of Galilee. McMurphy did the same thing because he took the eleven patients and the doctor with him on a fishing expedition, hence he could teach them about a “manly life”. He was able to impact and change the lives of a few people in the ward, for instance, Billy Babbit, he gained confidence and courage and was finally able to stand up to Nurse Ratched. Another was Chief who was viewed as “deaf and dumb”, was later on able to finally escape the ward and regain his

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