Marxist Comparison Between the Heart of Darnkess and One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Marxist Comparison Between The Heart Of Darkness and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest The definition of classism is the belief that people from certain social or economic classes are superior to others. When viewed from a Marxist perspective, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness can be seen as a comment on negative treatment of lower class individuals. In the Heart of Darkness the way the Europeans treated the lower class Africans was quite inhumane. As for in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest the patients there were truly mistreated because of their class of being mentally ill. A Marxist theory can give you a better idea of how bad the class fight truly was between the Europeans and Africans.…show more content…
They basically killed him. This devastated Chief and he couldn't leave his friend this way, "I mashed the pillow into the face. I lay there on top of the body for what seemed days." (Kesey's,4.4.99). Nurse Ratched believed she cured McMurphy of his mental illness when he wasn't even mentally ill to begin with. She was only using her authority over him to punish and silence him. Chief put McMurphy out of his misery and not allowing nurse Ratched to win. She also used her authority to basically kill Billy. She emotionally belittled him and threatened to talk to his mother. She refused to stop even after he begged her too. This ultimately made Billy take his own life. The patient's only had each other for support and comfort despite being in a hospital where one would assume they would be treated well in every possibly way and not belittled or abused. The staff believed they were better than the patients and used their authority to control them however they wanted. Both books showed a different kind of mistreatment to people by individuals who believed they were above or better than them but when looked at through a Marxist theory they are both mistreatment of a lower class. When breaking down The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey from a Marxist perspective you really see how poorly the lower class was mistreated. The Europeans ruined the Native's lives as

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