Summary Of Ken Kesey 's ' Wretched Ratched '

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Emma Negrete Mr. Serge Honors English, Period 2 02 November 2015 Wretched Ratched History shows that women who obtain power in society struggle to keep their position, and those who have tried to overthrow these forceful women were unsurprisingly, men. This theme is present in Ken Kesey’s novel. Nurse Ratched battles to keep her self-constructed empire together after a protesting rebel, named Randle P. McMurphy, fights to take power from her by causing a revolt. However, in the end, Nurse Ratched wins the battle between her and McMurphy by having him lobotomized. McMurphy’s previous efforts surely irritated the Big Nurse, but he reached the limit when he put his hands on her and nearly choked…show more content…
These entries would result in the theme of self-realization and self-doubt. With the creation of this new theme, Nurse Ratched would not only create a bias but also doubt that she’s doing anything wrong or corrupt. She wouldn 't bluntly admit that she regularly enforces mandatory rules that will not be tampered with. In Nurse Ratched’s version of the story, McMurphy would be the villain. He would be portrayed as a huge ugly man with a huge lack of respect and education. When McMurphy is introduced to the novel, he welcomes and introduces himself to the other patients and staff in a bold and obnoxious manner, “My name is McMurphy, buddies, R. P. McMurphy, and I’m a gambling fool.” (Kesey 12) McMurphy continues to sing and laugh which gives Nurse Ratched the impression that he is unlike any other patient this ward has ever had and he is going to be an issue since he gambles. This impression of McMurphy could cause her to write in her journal about McMurphy’s recklessness and singularity compared to the other patients. Chief’s narration of this story would be described as unbiased and truly observant since he wouldn’t talk to anyone besides McMurphy due to his act of unwillingly playing deaf and dumb. Kesey is clearly compassionate to the patients on the ward. Kesey’s depictions of the patients show their benevolence and their dignity because of Chief’s unbiased point of view. Chief 's narration allows
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