Sexism/Racism in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

1542 WordsApr 10, 20087 Pages
Now First and Foremost, i must Explain this, I payed little attention to the novel and movie, but this Essay will more then likley get you a C or a B, Depending on if you make changes to the paragraph that starts with The portrayal of woman in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is in a way, a role reversal. The Woman are strong, leaders and feed off the power they possess as the men are weak, passive-non aggressors who get ordered around and (until the introduction of McMurphy) have no say in what activities or what happens. it retells the story too much and needs fixing but i think that i have almost done this with my final copy, please e-mail me on kippa_dog@hotmail.com if you can think of a better way of putting it.also, make sure that…show more content…
A mistake was made somehow in manufacturing, putting those big womanly breasts on what would of otherwise been a perfect work, and you can see how bitter she is about it.” -Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest page 11. London: Picador, 1962 The implication here is that the only real women are those whose big breasts make them objects of desire for men. McMurphy undermines Big Nurse's power over the other male patients by characterizing her as a "bitch" a "buzzard" and a "ball-cutter" (pages 51-52). He wins some major battles with her by asserting the right for the men to "watch" the ball game on TV (pages 111-114) and by organizing the deep sea fishing trip (Part3) Kesey chose to portray Ratched as an stereotypical unlikable old woman referred to in blatant sexual terms with gender specific insults about her used to win fights between her and her patients, giving the novel a sexist value. The African-American nurse’s aides in one flew over the cuckoo’s nest are racially depicted by Kesey, with mentions to them being sadistic sodomites, and implications that they are inferior to white people in society. Many a reference is made to these abnormal behaviours in pages 14, 31, 33, and 117. The Black men in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest are presented as Big Nurse's henchmen. There is the repeated suggestion that they aid in the "matriarchal degradation" of men by anally raping them, for instance, in the

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