What Is The Authority In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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The novel One Flew Over The cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kesey follows the experiences of Randle Patrick McMurphy who has pretended to be insane in order to a psychiatric hospital and escape from serving time in a prison work farm. The novel frequently refers to authorities that control individuals through restrained methods. The authority of the ward is most often personified in the character of “Nurse Ratched” or “Big Nurse”. The patients of the ward are afraid of Nurse Ratched that they fallow her orders without question. They “ long ago gave up the struggle to assert themselves. Cowed, doctile, they have surrendered completely to her unbridled authority” Born in La Junta, Colorado Ken kesey graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied
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