Chief Bromden Is The Narrator Of The Story, Which Furthers

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Chief Bromden is the narrator of the story, which furthers the readers instinct that he is an observer. The Chief is an Indian, who is strong and tall. He physically is one of the strongest characters. The Chief manipulated the system, in order to stay under the radar. He pretended to be “deaf and dumb.” This gave the Chief a heightened advantage over the other wards. Faculty spoke freely infant of the Chief because they thought he could not share the information. Kesey demonstrated the staff did not find Chief Bromden a threat early in the novel, “They don’t bother not talking out loud about their hate secrets…they think I’m deaf and dumb.” (Kesey 1) This gives the Chief more power than any other patient. He knows many secrets of the…show more content…
The orderlies were Nurse Ratched’s foot soldiers, they carried out her orders of abuse against the men. The Chief, believed the orderlies were so instinctively connected to Nurse Ratched that they could predict Nurse Ratched’s moves before she gave them the command. They enjoyed the power and control they could manifest working for the hospital. The orderlies are described as young black men. They raped, physically assaulted and humiliated the men. A proven example of their abuse was when they raped one of the wards, “He’s smothering curse into the mattress and the black boy sitting on his head saying “Tha’s right, Mistuh Taber, tha’s right…” ( Kesey 36) The orderlies used their power to humiliate the men. They enjoyed the abuse they inflected on the men. After the fishing trip, Nurse Ratched had the orderlies scrub the mens genitals. One patient, George feared dirt therefore did not believe he needed a scrubbing, he also feared soap thus exacerbating his fear of the scrubbing. The orderlies of course found extreme privilege in forcing George, “But the black boy just ran the tube up against George’s belly-buton and squeezed…George wrapped both arms around his belly and screamed.” (Kesey 273) The orderlies felt little empathy for the men, they thrived off of the pain they could inflect by their own will or by the will of Nurse Ratched. Kesey, described many of the staff were violent and
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