Interactionist Perspective

798 WordsFeb 18, 20024 Pages
Theoretical Approaches 2 Many theoretical approaches may be used when assessing the behavior of the characters in "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest". The characters are thought to be mentally ill, however when examining them through the use of the theoretical approaches one realizes that there may be no problems with the characters at all. Nurse Rachet, a head nurse that conducts group therapy and dispenses medications, could be responsible for the character's behavior. Nurse Ratchet consistently talks to the characters about their supposed problems during the group therapy sessions. She forces Martini and Billy Bibbett to discuss their problems during nearly every group therapy session they have. She is therefore reinforcing the…show more content…
In the mental hospital the characters are seen by others as mentally ill, therefore they internalize these judgements and they themselves began to feel as if they are mentally unstable. Though these feelings may not be true it is the internalization of these thoughts that begin to shape the behavior of the patients. The Chief can be better understood when using this model. The Chief came from a family of alcoholics and he liked to drink also. His history and his status at that time led others to feel that he had a problem, making him feel as though he was a misfit and needed to seek help for his problematic behavior. There are numerous theories to use that could analyze the behavior of the characters in "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest". However the best theory may be the labeling theory. The labeling theory can be best shown when examining the behavior changes of the patients; when McMurphy is in charge and then again when Nurse Rachet takes over. This theory suggests that the characters may have no problems at
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