The Ultimate Betrayal Doctors commit medical malpractice all over the world daily. Trusted doctors and nurses in some way give a patient the wrong treatment, which is quite usually harmful. The mental hospital in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a perfect example of medical malpractice because the nurses mistreat the patients in numerous ways. In the novel, Ken Kesey writes about a rebellious Randle McMurphy who transfers into the ward. Soon after his arrival, he livens up the patients and convinces them to revolt against the overpowering Nurse Ratched.
A totalitarian society is when an individual runs the society and there is little to no freedom for the people. The ward makes the men feel imprisoned because of the way that they are treated. Nurse Ratched is not sympathetic and has complete control over the ward. A control panel is used to control everything in the ward, such as the lights, television, music, and etcetera. When Nurse Ratched uses the control panel, it makes her feel powerful and causes the men in the ward to feel trapped and powerless.
The latter is convicted of battery and gambling. He fakes insanity in order to serve his sentence in a mental organization as a replacement for of a prison. He does this to escape the work at the prison and he is convinced that, in the mental institution, he would have comfort. Consequently, he is confined in an Oregon Psychiatric Hospital. (Kesey, p. 9) Accordingly, McMurphy has been described to be antagonizing Nurse Ratched and her practices, which leads to a struggle of power between the inmate and the nurse.
McMurphy is no ordinary patient, he's actually a bit too sane to be in a mental hospital. But that doesn't matter to the staff and especially Nurse Ratched, who thinks everyone in the ward should bow to her command. McMurphy is a stubborn man and doesn't feel like doing everything the 'Big Nurse' says. Throughout the whole story Nurse Ratched battles McMurphy, with her somethings ridiculous commands and McMurphy fights back by ignoring her and playing pranks on her. McMurphy tries to make the other patients revolt against the Big Nurse and her ward policy.
When McMurphy, a spirited character arrives at the ward he begins to question the humility of the hospital, his criticisms of the hospital spark a rebellion amongst the other patients. McMurphy teaches the others to think and speak as individuals and to be themselves despite others judgements. As Nurse Ratched sees the usually powerless patients find power in numbers she decides their leader, McMurphy must be eliminated if she wants to maintain control. She eventually has McMurphy lobotomized leaving him in a vegetable state. In the end Chief runs away from the hospital deciding to no longer live his life under the oppressive rule of doctors and nurses.
The mad people in this scenario were paid to be mad. Nurse Ratched, Dr. John Spivey and other staff, like Washington, were salaried each day to come into the asylum and impose dreadful doses of mental (and sometimes physical) hurt on the so-called "nuts" whose lives consisted of white hallways and white floors. McMurphy lost his life because he saw the reality in the asylum, the Cuckoo’s nest. He lost his life because he had not yet been in long enough to grow resistant to the brutal treatment that he received. He lost his life because he figured out who the real nuts were and, unlike the other inmates, McMurphy still knew enough of fairness to comprehend and want to remove the dreadful unfairness being done to the powerless patients inside the asylum.
They believe it is wise to stay silent rather than becoming shrewd. The men have become fearful of going against the nurse. All the while, this fear has been chipping away their manhood, and given more power to the nurse. Chief Bromden reveals the staff’s reactions to the cold presence of Nurse Ratched around the hospital: “‘I tell you I don’t know what it is,’ they tell the guy in charge of personnel. ‘Since I started on that ward with that woman I feel like ... ... middle of paper ... ...illy by weakening him where it stings the most.
Most of the characters in the novel are based upon actual patients he met while working at the hospital. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is set in a mental hospital in Oregon. The novel is divided into four parts. Parts One, Two and Four are set in the hospital itself. In Part Three, the patients from the hospital go on a deep-sea fishing trip, and the setting is the boat.
Insanity is a blurred line in the eyes of Ken Kesey. He reveals a hidden microcosm of mental illness, debauchery, and tyranny in his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The remarkable account of a con man’s ill-fated journey inside a psychiatric hospital exposes the horrors of troubling malpractices and mistreatments. Through a sane man’s time within a crazy man’s definition of a madhouse, there is exploration and insight for the consequences of submission and aberration from societal norm. While some of the novel’s concerns are now anachronous, some are more vital today than before.
This ward forms the backdrop for the rest of the story. The men on the ward are resigned to their regime dictated by this tyrant who is referred to as 'the Big Nurse', until McMurphy arrives to disrupt it. He makes the men realise that it is possible to think for themselves, which results in a complete destruction of the system as it was. Randle P. McMurphy, a wrongly committed mental patient with a lust for life. The qualities that garner McMurphy respect and admiration from his fellow patients are also responsible for his tragic downfall.