“There is a point at which everything becomes simple and there is no longer any question of choice, because all you have staked will be lost if you look back. Life 's point of no return.” - Dag Hammarskjold
This quote flawlessly describes the state each main character reaches in Chapter 28 of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. By the point of no return, I do not mean that the characters have reached a dead end. My intended meaning is much deeper than that. The point i speak is the point in which they can not revert to their old selves. The positive steps toward recovering from their original ways are not strong enough to last forever until the events of Chapter 28.
It is safe to say Chapter 28 of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest revolves not…show more content… Bromden tells us “Billy got more and more nervous, afraid the girl might not show up, afraid she might” (Kesey 296) Also, when Mcmurphy first brings up the Seclusion room Billy’s response is “Ah, come on, M-M-Mack”(Kesey 295). Billy said. At the end of the chapter, he acts very maturely and take control of Candy instead of shying away. “Billy Bibbit and his girl mentioned that it was after four o’clock and, if it was all right, if people didn’t mind, they’d like to have Mr. Turkle unlock the Seclusion Room” (Kesey 304-305). By leading her into the room, Billy is acting very boldly. In Chapter 28 of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Dale Harding reaches a point of no rerun as well. For the first time in the novel, we see him accept himself and face why he is truly in the ward. Also, Harding shows great leadership skills.
Right from the start of the chapter, Harding rattles The Big Nurse in the group meeting. He says to her “...but from what I hear about your dealings upstairs with McMurphy, he hasn’t had any difficulty making contact with you”(Kesey 291). Nurse Ratched is so embarrassed she completely cuts off the conversation. Harding shows The Big Nurse that even with Mcmurphy up in Disturbed, he is not going to go back to letting her rip on him or anyone else like in the start of the novel. This is important because it shows that even without Mcmurphy, the patients still have the courage…show more content… He believed it was impossible to ever escape or defeat the Combine, until Mcmurphy came along. In Chapter 28 of One Flew Over the Cuckoo 's Nest, Chief Bromden has a vital realization, that “Maybe the Combine wasn’t all-powerful. What was to stop us from doing it again, now that we saw we could? Or keep us from doing other things we wanted?” (Kesey 305).This recognition that the Combine does not control him is extremely important to the story. Now that he knows this, there is nothing stopping him from escaping the ward. Kesey’s motif of Human vs Machine has finally come to a conclusion that man can in fact overcome machines and