One Flew over the Cuckoo Nest Critical Analysis

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One flew over the cuckoo nest“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” The film “One flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” accurately depicts and presents the various psychological issues, such as the use of psychosurgery, institutionalism inside the psychiatric hospital and the medical and societal attitudes towards patients during the 1960s. Set in 1963, the film uses characters – patients and authority figures alike – and setting to accurately depict various aspects of psychological treatments, theories and concepts applied, before more ethical practices were introduced later in the 20th century. The film itself was extremely powerful in presenting the methods it used by psychiatric asylums to treat its patients, and was credited with tarnishing the…show more content…
It is in this context that the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is identified as a possible medium to investigate the nature and effect of a psychiatric system as accurately portrayed through this particular film, The film depicts the psychiatric system as rigid, leaving “patients” with little room to express their individuality. The effect of the staff-members’ behaviour on the “patient’s” psychotherapeutic growth, highlights the staff’s ignorance and lack of knowingness of their individual responsibility, contributing to the psychopathology of not only the “patients”, but also the system as a whole. The interactional style of the psychiatric staff, as portrayed in the film, serves to contribute to the deterioration of the mental and psychological well-being of the “patients”, thus inhibiting their psychological growth. The majority of “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” takes place in the Day Room of the hospital. The setting adds to the feeling of confinement, with the men often resorting to playing games of chess or resorting to cards to pass their time. The space of the institution itself is characterised by an obsession with routines, and adherence to control and confinement – that is, under Nurse Ratchet’s control. Medicine time, music time, recreation time – each are strictly designated and

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