One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Analysis

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Romani – Online "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" is about a con named Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), who fakes being insane and moves into a psychiatric hospital. He fakes his condition so he doesn’t have to go to jail. The only person stopping McMurphy from leaving the ward is Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), who is determined to keep him in to cure him of his "illness". She did not really care about the patients and only cared about power. She insisted that everyone take their pills, which drugged them into submission. Ratched and McMurphy struggled for power over the ward. Later in the film, he meets a patient named Chief (Will Sampson), who is tall, quiet and deaf. McMurphy makes bets with the patients, who he calls the 'nuts', and cons them out of their money and cigarettes. He soon becomes saddened by the state of mind of the other patients, and sets out to lift their spirits. He entertains them and himself by teaching them games and how to stand up for themselves against Nurse Ratched. McMurphy offers Chief a piece of gum and Chief responds with a thank you. McMurphy looks shocked and tells Chief he is sneaky, realizing that Chief too is faking to be insane. Later in the film at night when the nursing staff is gone, he pays the janitor to let two prostitutes in the ward, both of the girls bring alcohol. During the night all of the patients are having a good time drinking and partying. The next morning the nursing staff walk in and find McMurphy and the

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