Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Essay

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Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The theme of this story “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” according to Daniel Woods is “Power is the predominant theme of Ken Kesey's 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest': who holds power, who doesn't, who wants it, who loses it, how it is used to intimidate and manipulate and for what purposes, and, most especially, how it is disrupted and subverted, challenged, denied and assumed” ( No, it is not McMurphy who flew over the Cuckoo’s nest, or Harding, or Taber. It wasn’t Martini or Cheswick, or Bibbit, Chief Bromden or Bancini. The journey of crazies that flew over the Cuckoo’s nest was in the asylum, but they were …show more content…

She is bitter, hardhearted, and really neutral in the lives of the patients. She is worried only with maintaining her unquestionable power and authority over the men in the ward. Forman, in the film however, does not make many attempts to float Nurse Ratched’s concealed femininity to the surface. Forman does not want to mess the minds of the spectators (with Nurse Ratched’s suppressed woman ness) and danger marginalizing the significance of the fight of the patients, which is the center of the movie.

Randall delicately develops relationships with the other patients and encourages them to think for themselves. In one act, he asks the other men in the treatment sitting to choose for watching the World Series instead of the regular TV programming. He rises up in the middle of the session and asks "Which one of you nuts has got any guts?" He is asking the others to join him in his deliberative effort to undermine Nurse Ratched’s authority.

Forman presents this film and plot to us in a direct and simple manner. The camera will zoom in on a personality without trying to conceal the detail of its being there. As a viewer you can feel the camera moving forward and zooming in and are persuaded to incline into the screen yourself.

As this film represents a microcosm of the injustices of the real world, Forman zooms in on characters during critical scenes of the movie to highlight the character’s message. The

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