One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Character Analysis

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Analyse how the actions of a character influenced events or situations in the written text you have studied.

“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” By Ken Kesey is a text based around a psychiatric ward somewhere located in the heart of Oregon. The novel takes place sometime between the 1950s - 1960s. We know this as memories of World War II are prominent and sexism along with racism is still a recurring problem.

The actions of a character by the name of Randle McMurphy influenced a series of events throughout the novel. Right from the beginning when he managed to scheme his way out of prison time, till the very end of the novel when he influenced Chief Bromden to go on a great escape. Some of McMurphy's actions had positive influences some negative, no matter how vast or how small each action was it would have a lasting impact on the majority of the ward. I think two significant actions in the text that influenced an event in some shape or form was first off McMurphy’s organisation and persistence of the boat trip. And secondly McMurphy forcefully undressing Nurse Mildred Ratched then proceeding to strangle her.

During McMurphy’s stay at the psychiatric ward it was mundane and lifeless. So McMurphy decided to take this matter into his own hands, starting a petition which would allow the men on the ward to take part in a boating expedition. For the men to actually go on this trip Nurse Ratched required that at least sixteen of the thirty men on the ward had to sign the

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