Who Is The Protagonist In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Decent Essays
To be successful, a visual or oral text must have lovable characters.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest guides the audience through the story One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest guides the audience through the story of the fictional protagonist Randle McMurphy. McMurphy is an incarcerated convict who pleads insanity hoping for a transfer to a mental ward. Unbeknownst to McMurphy the cosy prison time he imagined is found to be, not only a physical prison but a prison of mentality. The main antagonist, Nurse Ratched, rules this mental prison with an iron fist, but the newly admitted McMurphy soon opposes her. The two fight for the influence of the ward’s mental prisoners, however, during McMurphy’s battle for control, he feels within himself a strong
…show more content…
When we first meet McMurphy he appears to us as a defiant convict who is trying to cheat the prison system by pleading insanity for his own selfish motives. However, when we see McMurphy displaying compassion, he has given up all of his selfish motives, and now motivates himself to befriend and support the other ward patients. In doing so, he fights Nurse Ratched for control and learns of the other patient's stories. As we loved Billy, we also love McMurphy. We love McMurphy because of his altruistic attitude to his difficult situation. We view MCMurphy with the same respect you would give to a St. John’s Volunteer or a Salvation Army Volunteer. With every altruistic action, McMurphy undertakes our love grows for this character, and when he has made the ultimate sacrifice by staying at the mental ward, despite the opportunity to escape because of Billy’s demise, our love for McMurphy climaxes. Seizing the opportunity the film then condemns McMurphy to a lobotomy, a not only distressing action, but a symbolic one, as it symbolises a great sacrifice, the sacrifice of McMurphy’s mentality for the mentality of the other patients. Forman using this lobotomy to draw in the audience into yet another dimension as to leave them with an unforgettable, engaging and entertaining experience at the end of the…show more content…
Milos Forman pulls this feature of brilliantly in a film which uses our love, sympathy and sadness of its characters to reinforce its
Get Access