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

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Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, published in 1962, is one of Kesey’s most popular works. It helped America realize the cruel way that psychiatry and psychology were being practiced. The story is about a group of guys committed to a men’s mental hospital in the 1950’s. Throughout the plot, a new patient named Randle P. McMurphy shines light on the otherwise dull lives of his fellow patients while he is committed. On the other hand, Nurse Ratched and the staff seem to be doing everything they can to make the patients' lives miserable and foil all of McMurphy’s patient supported schemes. This results in frequent violation of the rules and an intense rivalry of the two opposing sides. During these times of conflict the reader is …show more content…

Ratched shot it down at first just because she didn’t want to give up the tight grasp she has on the patients lives, but it ended up helping the patients. “The nurse objected, said the next thing they’d be playing soccer. in the day room and polo games up and down the hall, but the doctor held firm for once and said let them go. ‘A number of the players, Miss Ratched, have shown marked progress since that basketball team was organized; I think it has proven its therapeutic value’” (Kesey). Had the doctors let their intimidation of Nurse Ratched get in the way of allowing the basketball league, she would’ve held back the patients mental progression because she was too petty and controlling to allow a policy that she didn’t propose or …show more content…

These symptoms can interfere with all aspects of life, such as work, school, and personal relationships” (NIMH). When someone has OCD they develop obsessions. Obsessions are things that OCD sufferers think about repeatedly. When their obsessions are not exactly how they want in their mind, they develop compulsions (NIMH). Compulsions are the actions people with OCD take to make their obsessions exaggeratedly perfect in their mind (NIMH). In Ratched’s case, one of her obsessions is her job. If she is not viewed by coworkers and patients as the Nurse that she wants to be seen as, she will act on compulsions to make her peers see her that way. If the ward is not run by her in every aspect and detail, she acts on compulsions and denies or takes away ideas and policies that aren’t contributing to the perfect obsession she has in her

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