Chief Bromden, the narrator of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, has been a paranoid-schizophrenic patient in the psychiatric hospital as he suffers from hallucinations and delusions. Everyone believes that he is deaf and dumb, although this is merely an act on his part that he has kept up due to the fear of huge conglomeration. Nurse Ratched is a nurse who runs the ward with harsh and systemized rules for the mental patients. For an example of what happens in the daily life of patient in her ward, she encourages the patients to attack each other in their most vulnerable spots, shaming them during daily meetings, which she concludes as “therapy”. In any case patient rebels against the rules set by her, he is sent to receive electroshock treatments.
The concepts of pursuing, becoming and sustaining the status of boss permeate the characters in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. Throughout the novel, the characters face a multitude of platforms for their choices and actions. In order to sustain the title of boss, characters must be able to overthrow the system that they all have grown used to and can’t imagine life without. These characters stay motivated through the feelings of fear, rejection, and revenge. This motivations lead them to realize the flaws in the system they’ve been living through most of their lives.
The paper attempts to analyze the novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by considering the term paranoia as a postmodern condition that prevails in most of the American novels since 1960s. The paper proceeds from the analysis of the term paranoia and then examines how the concept suits the novel’s settings. Paranoia is one of the more prominent issues taken up by contemporary North American novelists since 1960. Writers as divergent in matters of style and subject as Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, Joseph Heller, Robert Coover, Thomas Pynchon, Diane Johnson, Joseph McElroy, John Barth, Kathy Acker, Saul Bellow, Marge Piercy, Don DeLillo, William Gaddis, Ishmael Reed, and Margaret Atwood have also attempted to represent paranoid characters, communities, schemes, and lifestyles; history, technology and religion in their novels, says Patrick O’ Donnel in the article titled Engendering Paranoia in Contemporary Narrative(181) . Leo Bersani in the article titled Pynchon, Paranoia and Literature states that the “the word paranoia has had an extraordinarily complex medical, psychiatric, and psychoanalytic history” (99).
In the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey, one can say that McMurphy’s tragic flaw is his ego of thinking he can win any situation with his charm. When McMurphy walks into the combine, he instantly charms the patients when he shakes everyone's hand. Any circumstance that is a task to McMurphy’s distinguished character, he will dissident against. In the mental ward, the controlling, devious Nurse Ratched delivers that precise test.
The protagonist, Randle P McMurphy is a fiery, anti-authoritarian who was full of sarcasm and a mean left hook. Randle was physically described as red headed, with tattoos and physically fit. McMurphy was introduced into the story at admissions. He had been recently accused of statutory rape, although McMurphy claims that he the victim lied about her age and wanted him significantly. McMurphy’s strength exudes from him, possibly because he was a war hero shorty prior to his discharge from the Marine Corps due to insubordination.
Samantha Henderson Comp. 104 : October Book Report Teresa Long 31 October 2016 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest withholds many lessons throughout the story as well as in the text itself. In the opening lines of the novel it is learned that the perspective is that of an Indian man that pretends to be deaf and dumb to fool those at the mental institution. He believed that everything at the institution is run by the “combine” including the head nurse of the ward, Miss Ratched.
Kassidy Stumbo Mr. Behler Academy English 2 March 17, 2016 The Perfect Anti-Hero King Arthur. Luke Skywalker. Harry Potter. Atticus Finch.
Power Unit Essay People tend to react similarly when put into physical situations that trigger fight or flight responses because those reactions are hardwired into human DNA. Simultaneously, natural responses impact mental states and physical states, which allows general statements about humans to be made that are valid for the vast majority. These human instincts can be seen throughout modern entertainment- movies, books, television shows- such as Cool Hand Luke and One Flew
Moment: “He twisted and thrashed around like a fish, back bowed and belly up, and when he got to his feet and shook himself a spray came off him in the moon like silver scales.” Pg 164 Fate. The one aspect that people try to change the most. The dappling with fate throughout Ken Kesey’s novel One
compares Kesey's writing to others and depicts individual freedoms that Kesey's characters give up. Quinn, Laura. " Moby Dick vs. Big Nurse: A Feminist Defense of a Misogynist Text: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Novels for Students, vol. 2, Gale, 1998. Literature Resource Center.
Because the hospital ward, in Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, complies with the restrictions of Nurse Ratched, McMurphy is seen as a manipulative instigator. Nevertheless, rebellion, such as McMurphy’s, is required for the powerless to free themselves from damaging constraints. Particularly, as Bromden realizes his increasing mental clarity (e.g. his improved sight), he gazes out the hospital window. Because the glass is covered with a metal mesh, Kesey implies McMurphy’s rebellious nature plants the seed for the patients’ freedom. At the window, Bromden notices, he “still had [his] eyes shut…like [he] was scared to look outside” (141).