However, to Nurse Ratched, this window illustrates her dominance over the ward. “The Big Nurse watches all [that the patients do] through her window” (42). Kesey’s glass division between the sane and the insane demonstrates Nurse Ratched’s overall want of authority. Correspondingly, the Big Nurse is a wolf amongst the hospital full of rabbits. As Harding explains to McMurphy that the patients are essentially small rabbits in the forest that is the mental institution, he also notes that Nurse Ratched is the “strong wolf” that teaches the rabbits their place, much like the hierarchy of nature (61).
The mental hospital divided the patients into two groups, the Acutes and the Chronics. The Acute was the group where patients can still be cured while Chronics was the group where patients were beyond saving. The hospital was ran by a woman called Nurse Ratched. Nurse Ratched ruled the hospital with absolute power and hided her woman side with her stiff side. Every day during group discussion Nurse Ratched often made acute patients shared their vulnerable secrets and exposing those secrets.
Ratched’s “tyrant-like” personality is no longer powerful in the institution. The manipulative behavior of the Nurse is finally defeated and all of the victims are now powerful and willing to fight against her power. Due to Nurse Ratched using her manipulative skills allowing McMurphy to attack her, he is then sent to Disturbed and receives a lobotomy. Several patients check themselves out of the institution before McMurphy even arrives back at the ward. Once he finally returns, his friends do not believe that the lobotomized individual is in fact McMurphy.
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
By wishing the ultimate best for her patients, She shows that she does not wish to harm them or degrade them directly like an antagonist would. Bromden’s bias perspective, and Nurse Ratched’s caring intent prove that Kesey did not make her the antagonist of the story. Broaden turns to McMurphy for help and he brings more chaos than Nurse Ratched ever intended to endure. The nurse left after seeing her lack of control and order of the
“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” is a book written by Ken Kesey about a group of men living in an unforgiving mental ward, filled with many unjust guidelines and rules. In that book, it tells the story of Chief Bromden, a patient at a mental ward, and Randle McMurphy, another patient who has recently been admitted into the mental ward. When McMurphy arrives, he begins to stir up trouble with Nurse Ratched, who controls everything and everyone in the ward. McMurphy goes against most, if not all, the rules that the nurse has in place because he realizes that her rules are unfair, and that her actions and behavior are not justifiable. McMurphy doesn't believe in a world full of conformists, where everyone is the same, and where life revolves
Laughter is necessary to be healthy, especially under bad circumstances. Like Lincoln said, “With the fearful strain that is on me day and night, if I did not laugh I should die”(BrainyQuote). The lack of laughter on the ward is an indication of how the nurse had managed to destroy the inmates’ inner being. Their inner being has essentially died, and is no longer functioning like it
He is misogynistic in which he keeps commenting on the looks of her body. When going to reprehend McMurphy in his room he would say something along the lines of, “ … by asking something like did she wear a B cup, he wondered, or a C cup, or any ol” cup up at all?” (208). In other words , McMurphy was trying to make Nurse Ratched lose her whole effect of being angry by sayings antagonizing comments as stated previously. Not only does such comments are reprehensible they are offensive to women in general making Nurse Ratched’s hatred towards McMurphy okay. In all, not only did McMurphy try to make Nurse Ratched lose her stance, but he would also put her into concerning positions in her workplace as
We need a good strong wolf like the nurse to teach us our place.”(Kesey 57-58). He places the nurse in a higher position in the food chain because she is of higher power in reality he places everyone including the doctor as rabbits because they are inferior to the nurse as well as in the wild. Which goes to show that she is inferior to everyone, even the doctor who is suppose to be at a higher ranking than she is. For example, whenever someone tries to defies her she attacks and never lets her guard
The person in charge of the institution in the book was Nurse Ratched. Often, she was referred to as the “Big Nurse.” Nurse Ratched demanded respect and power from the wards of the institution. She manipulated the patients and the other staff members to obey her. When the nurse is introduced in the novel, an eerie feeling overwhelms you. Instantly you can feel the fear of the narrator, Chief Bromden, whom is also a patient.
Any anti-suffragist denying this to be true would be going against their cause. She takes two issues and forms them into one powerful statement that provoked thought and truth. Her use of the words horrible and blood drunken evoke a kind of incarnate anger humans have towards things that are threatening to them, inducing an empathetic response on the listener’s part. For example, the issue of losing a child may not apply to everyone, but the concept of unnecessary death does apply to everyone. In addition, she points out the "same line of inconsistency" (Shaw) being used by anti-suffragists time and time again.
Despite John being considerate, caring and feeling sorry for his wife’s illness, he dominates over her both physically and psychologically (AndrewM). He incarcerates her due to his pervasive torment. For instance, the narrator is coerced to stay in the nursery regardless of her will. The prison’s windows are barred while the wallpaper torturing her, but she cannot voice her choking experience and whenever, she tries the husband reproaches her (AndrewM). Despite her preference for the house downstairs, her husband demands her to stay in the nursery, and all her views are shuttered.