“You’re sentenced in a jail and you got a date ahead of when you know you’re gonna be let loose” ( Kesey, page 190). The lifeguard that is talking to McMurphy say that being in jail is better than being in at the ward because you do not know when you are going to leave. After this McMurphy talks to Harding and says “Yes; chopping away the brain. Frontal-lobe castration. I guess if she can’t cut below the belt she’ll do it above”. “ I didn’t think the nurse had the say-so on this kind of thing”. “She does indeed” ( Kesey, pg 191). So, McMurphy understands that nurse Ratched has a say in when he can leave the ward. After learning this he becomes quiet and nice towards nurse Ratched. But before learning that she had say in when he could get out he used to go against her orders and laws. “He drags his armchair out of the corner to in the front of the tv set then switches on the set and sits down” (Kesey, page 143). “I said Mr. Murphy, that you are suppose to be working during these hours” (page 144). In this scene he pulls a chair in front of the television to watch the baseball game eventho nurse Ratched said …show more content…
The laws say that men may not write unless the Council of Vocations bid them so” ( Rand , page 1). In Anthem individuals have no choice they cannot get married or date with the opposite sex. As we can see by those couple of many examples that society influences individual 's all the time. I have looked at four different authors and three out of four all had society influencing individuals decisions and actions. “ I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life , and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” ( Thoreau, page 207). Thoreau left society and normal habits to live in the woods with nature around him. Usually society lives as a community, but Thoreau broke that rule and lived by himself in the
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What if you were to get stranded on a island? Would your personality change? Or would it stay the same? In the book Lord Of The Flies by William Golding, a group of British boys crash on an island, with no way out. They can be hopeful, but the situation is not looking good for them.
One quote that made me feel is the quote, “The real impact is measured in the widows left behind, the children who will never know fathers or mothers, the names of the fallen etched changed” (Bay Area News Group). This quote makes me feel upset that the children don’t even know their family and get left behind. One quote that makes me think is the quote “‘ Over time, the pain gets a little better, than a moment will strike you when it’s as strange as it ever was… and it’s as if you just heard it,’” (Chapman).
Simon’s role in Lord of the Flies is to resemble a Christ-like figure, when he eventually dies, the buried savagery in the boys is revealed. Simon is killed in a gruesome matter, which at the time the boys had “leapt on to beast, screamed, bit, struck, tore” (Golding 153). A group of children had decided to take it upon themselves to have a wonderful time tearing up another boy in the name of fun. The way in which the boys had killed Simon shows that they did not care whether or not they had weapons, the group had shown no mercy to the exhausted Simon. After Simon’s demise, two of the most innocent boys have a conversation of the previous night, that “‘It was an accident…
McMurphy tries to instill this idea into the patients and hopes they could make a clean transition to life outside the institution. When McMurphy develops a strong relationship with the patients, he notices that the staff labels most of them as mentally challenged. Due to their lack of confidence and self-respect, the patients are never able to truly act like themselves. They feel limited because of their poor treatment. The patients have the opportunity to leave the ward, but choose not to because they are comfortable in their environment.
. Five Quotations “I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it. Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters.” (Hemingway 18) “You see, Mr. Barnes, it is because I have lived very much that I now can enjoy everything so well” (Hemingway 67). “In the Basque country the land all looks very rich and green and the houses and villages look well-off clean...every way you looked there were other [gorgeous] mountains” (Hemingway 97-99).
In the novel, Kesey employs many characters, each with unique features. For example, Dale Harding, one of the protagonists in the story, was described as, “... a flat, nervous man ...” (Kesey 20) and in one of the group discussion lead by Nurse Ratched, he was reported of saying
In the novel, McMurphy attacks the nurse brutally and attempts to kill her, “doctors and supervisors and nurses prying those heavy red fingers out of the white flesh of her throat as if they were her neck bones, jerking him backward” (Kesey 319). Also, the narrator shows mercy towards McMurphy by smothering him in his sleep, “and scissor the kicking legs with mine while I mashed the pillow into the face. I lay there on top of the body for what seemed days. Until the thrashing stopped” (323).
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” This quote is by Thomas Jefferson, by this he means that people with the right mental mindset, to an extent can risk their health to get what they want. But when people don’t have the right mental mindset they may risk their well being just to get what they want. To achieve goals and happiness in life people to an extent may risk their own health, health of others and possibly put their identity on the line.
Although McMurphy may seem driven at times by his greed for money through his constant gambling, in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, the author’s biblical allusions to the Easter story demonstrate the true altruistic nature of McMurphy. Specifically, the ongoing allusion begins when McMurphy is taken in to have electroshock therapy and he “climbs on the table without any help and spreads his arms out” (237). Here, Kesey’s biblical allusion to the crucifixion of Jesus reveals McMurphy’s selflessness. In the Easter story, Jesus willingly gave his life and was tortured and mocked all to free his people from their sins. McMurphy serves as a Jesus figure who is willing to put himself through the pain and suffering of electroshock therapy in order to save the other
His rebellious and free mind makes the patients open their eyes and see how the have been suppressed. His appearance is a breath of fresh air and a look into the outside world for the patients. This clearly weakens Nurse Ratched’s powers, and she sees him as a large threat. One way or another, McMurphy tends to instigate changes of scenery. He manages to move everyone away from her music and watchful eye into the old tube room.
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).
Nurse Ratched was very controlling and wanted complete power. This caused many of the patients to rebel and break loose from her control. McMurphy lead the ward in this uprising. From brushing his teeth too early to sneaking prostitutes into the ward, he shows Nurse Ratched that she cannot rule him. This story reminded me of Malala Yousafzai and her retaliation against the Taliban.
The complex idea that is shown with my mask is loss of innocence. Loss of innocence is shown in Lord of the Flies especially when the boys kill Simon, the only truly innocent one on the island. His whole time on the island, he knew that the other boys were the beast, the savage ones. He always knew that their innocence was lost. Another way loss of innocence is shown in Lord of the Flies is that as the boys were being rescued, Ralph cried for the first time and he cried for “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”
By weakening McMurphy’s power in the ward, she creates an environment where can continue to thrive in her power through the systems she has set in place. However, Nurse Ratched’s plan does not succeed and McMurphy is allowed to proceed with his fishing trip. He continues to undermine the nurse’s authority to the point where he physically assults her after she blames Billy’s death on him. His actions give Nurse Ratched an opportunity to give him the ultimate punishment, a
In the story, McMurphy is the newest patient at the ward and is determined to undermine Nurse Ratched’s power. In the story, after McMurphy comes to the ward, he and the other inmates decide that they need to take power away from Nurse Ratched, so McMurphy decides to “lose” his clothes one morning causing Nurse Ratched to come and talk to him. During McMurphy and Nurse Ratched’s interaction Chief comments, “Her nostrils flare open, and every breath she draws she gets bigger, as big and tough-looking’s I seen her get over a patient since Taber was here… Then, just as she’s rolling along at her biggest and meanest, McMurphy steps out of the latrine door right in front of her, holding that towel around his hips - stops her dead!