One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest Essay

2656 Words Oct 21st, 1999 11 Pages
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest The significance of the title can be interpreted in this quote. The story is about a struggle in a psychiatric ward, where many “cuckoos” reside, “Ting. Tingle, tingle, tremble toes, she’s a good fisherman, catches hens, puts ‘em in pens… wire blier, limber lock, three geese inna flock… one flew east, one flew west, one flew over the cuckoo’s nest… O-U-T spells out… goose swoops down and plucks you out.” This is where the title comes from, the cuckoo’s nest being the psychiatric ward and McMurphy being the goose who plucks “you” out. The author of this book is Ken Kesey, also author of Demon Box and Sometimes a …show more content…
Hee. We are- the rabbits, one might say, of the rabbit world.” Before McMurphy entered the ward, most of the men were husks; they were so chagrined they wouldn’t even laugh out loud. Major Characters McMurphy- Robust, strapping, humorous, and large, McMurphy is the main character of the novel. He manipulated the court system to get himself committed into the mental ward (to get out of a work sentence). His entrance into the ward sets off a whole chain of events, as he and the Big Nurse battle each other for the control of the ward. He sees the corruption and immoral acts binding the patients in the ward, and soon sets out to change them. His character is often paralleled with Jesus. Indeed, he is a martyr for trying to save his people, but there are other hints too. The Shock Shop (Electro-shock therapy) is set up so, “You are strapped to a table, shaped, ironically, like a cross, with a crown of electric sparks in place of thorns.” In the end, McMurphy receives a lobotomy, and is later killed by Chief Bromden. He is almost a tragic hero, but after his operation, many of the patients leave the ward, since they are no longer rabbits. Nurse Ratched a.k.a. Big Nurse- Controlling, apathetic, and cold, Nurse Ratched is the villain in the novel. She is in control of the ward, and has the fate of every patient in her
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