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In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, McMurphy often uses the power of laughter to overcome what is going on in the world around him. Laughter lightens the feeling in the book, and at times gives it a warmer feeling. It also helps develop, and shape the characters throughout the entire story. Randle McMurphy, also known as McMurphy, was committed to a mental hospital, and accused of having a mental disorder. Upon arriving he meets many of the patience. He stands there and introduces himself, but nobody responded. Chief described the situation: “He stands there waiting, and when nobody makes a move to say anything to him he commences to laugh. Nobody can tell exactly why he laughs; there’s nothing funny going on. But it’s not the way that Public relations laughs, it’s free and loud and it comes out of his wide grinning mouth and spreads and rings bigger and bigger till it’s lapping against the walls all over the ward. ... I realize all of a sudden it’s the first laugh I’vs heard in years(12).” McMurphy is bringing something to the ward that these men have not had i...

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