one flew over the cucoos nest Essays

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ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST Q3 One of the main themes throughout the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is ‘societal repression over the individual’. The book is written by Ken Kesey and based around patients’ lives within a mental institution. Kesey uses the novel to voice his opinion concerning the oppressive nature of control those who enforce the control. Such a repressive feeling is amplified by the setting of the institution, the patients and Kesey’s tone throughout the novel. The setting of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a mental institution, in the countryside of Oregon during the 1960’s. At this time young Americans began to challenge conformity and live their lives around peace, love and drugs. LSD was a drug used…show more content…
The patients of the ward are also exposed to humiliating therapy treatments courtesy of Nurse Ratched. The group therapy sessions are a manipulative technique used to fuel the anger inside the patients’ heads. Nurse Ratched does this to keep the patients in the institution and to prove their constant insanity to Doctor Spivey. Chief Bromden is a chronic paranoid schizophrenic, diagnosed as incurable, who is afraid of his own shadow. He imagines himself to be small and weak even though he stands at six feet and seven inches tall. He pretends to be a deaf-mute in order to protect himself. This shows how repressive Ratched and society have made him feel. He is a Colombian Indian, born of a White mother and an Indian father. He was the first patient in the ward, arriving at the hospital fifteen years earlier. After Bromden realizes Ratched’s intentions for McMurphy was to keep him in the institution for the rest of his life, he kills him using McMurphy as a martyr, not wanting him to experience the same fate as the other patients. Randall Patrick McMurphy comes to the ward totally sane but with a few issues. He is a serious gambler and con man. He is admitted to the ward from Pendelton Prison Farm and diagnosed as a psychotic. He admits that one of the reasons for getting himself committed is to find new people to con in order to make money. He is good-looking, charming, strong, and very manipulative. He doesn’t realize that being
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