Does Mcmurphy Change In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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Devin Lunsky Period 4 Ken Kesey’s novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is about a criminal who is sent to a psych ward for an evaluation, but ends up developing strong and meaningful relationships with the men on the ward who turn him into a better person. One interesting part the book is that it has many different people. There are more than 30 people on the ward who develop the story. It can be hard to keep track of the different people, however, each person is used to highlight problems that Ken Kesey felt needed to be talked about such as racism, homophobia, sexism, and the treatment of mental health patients. R.P. McMurphy’s developing relationships in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with the numerous patients on the ward depicts the evolution of everyone’s identity to show how McMurphy changes the dynamic of the ward, which Ken Kesey uses to take a closer look at problems he sees in the world at the time. Randle Patrick McMurphy’s new and sudden appearance on the ward in the mental hospital provides a clear and drastic change in the development of the …show more content…

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

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