Although the novel does not have many role models, it does have one important one that is McMurphy. McMurphy is shown as one who does do things for selfish reasons such as gambling and taking advantage of situations to get what he wants. But he is also shown as one who self sacrifices himself for the good of his people, which are the patients of the ward. The Nurse uses time as her strongest asset in her battle with McMurphy so even though she is losing in this
Chief Bromden believes that McMurphy is " a giant who [came] from the sky to save us fromt he combime." Nurse Ratched is the woman in control at the mental institute who is oppressive and dehumanizing. She has absolute control over everyone. In a way, Ratched knows the patients better than they know themselves and she uses that to her
McMurphy as a character is representative of the individualism and autonomy that the patients lack. From the moment he is introduced, he is depicted as a powerful, unrelenting force. His physiognomy evinces this claim with his well built, muscular body, corresponding directly to his headstrong attitude and independence,
McMurphy was in prison for breaking the law, nurse Ratchead was strict and obsessed with order and some of the patients voluntarily committed themselves there because of their inability to act in compliance with standards, rules or laws of the society. The theme of gender roles is seen in the way McMurphy hates Ratched or just that he hates female authority. Most of the male patients have been damaged by relationships with overpowering women. For instance, Bromden's mother is portrayed as a castrating woman; her husband took her last name, and she turned a big, strong chief into a small, weak alcoholic. One got to be mentally ill to be in the hospital at the first place as this is a place to recover from mental illness and be able to live with the outside world.
McMurphy also exhibits attributes of a leader or perhaps an individual whom all the other men trust more and leads them all on a journey to become proud and confident again. In the end, even though McMurphy suffers a great deal, he is shown as a capital figure he is willing to sacrifice what he has in order to save the other men in the hospital. One of the main times the men decide to defy the nurse and ward rules is when they decide to plan a fishing trip. This is an absolute crucial part of McMurphy’s story because of the fact that it references directly to the bible, Matthew eight. In the story, Jesus goes out on a boat with his twelve disciples when they are hit by a storm.
McMurphy’s behavioural patterns are likened to a dog several times in times throughout the novel, such as when Chief Bromden describes him sitting down, “He goes over to his chair, gives another big stretch and yawn, sits down and moves around for a while like a dog coming to rest” (Kesey 48), and when Harding says, “Friend… you… may be a wolf… You have a very wolfy roar,” (67). Due to McMurphy’s strong connection to dogs, much can be foreshadowed through events in
McMurphy, the Christ Figure in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. is placed on a hospital ward brimming with hopeless patients under the control of an authoritarian nurse. All of the patients on the ward presume that Mcmurphy
Randle McMurphy: A reflection of Ken Kesey’s character Philosopher John Locke claimed that men are merely a product of their environment, and it is human nature to try to recreate their character, a construction of their environment, in their life 's work. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo 's Nest, Ken Kesey uses his experience with psychoactive drugs and with asylum patients to write an elaborate novel in which he reflects his own character as recreates some of his life anecdotes in the process. From a young age Kesey seemed to have a talent for writing, but his particular liberal point of view, that seemed to have a hippie and beat style often caused him to clash with his teachers and other authoritative figures. Being in Stanford University, Kessey clashed with the central director, Wallace Stegner and his team, who described him as being, “a threat to civilization and intellectualism
In Ken Kesey’s novel he illustrates a tale about Conformity and the struggle against it. He tells the story through the eyes of a big Native American called Chief Bromden. Kesey uses machinery to display the system of the hospital and the environment that the patients are in. The fog is the representation of conformity in the hospital. The Hospital is divided into two separate
For example, on their fishing excursion McMurphy “knows [they] have to laugh at the things that hurt... to keep the world from running plumb crazy… he’ll let the humor blot out the pain” (Kesey 250). Accepting the absurdity and adopting a sense of humor is important to get through the negative and spread laughter and joy rather than accept the dull fate of ordinary life. McMurphy acts as a savior who brings happiness and vibrant life to the patients by exposing them to laughter and humor. McMurphy gives confidence to the