The Power Of Power In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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The ability to manipulate others and situations using power is a trait many do not possess. The battle over obtaining power can lead to conflict, as it did in Ken Kesey's novel: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Ken Kesey develops this statement by introducing McMurphy, a character who wants to take Nurse Ratched’s power. Both characters aim for power over the ward’s patients, but it is McMurphy's strategy that wins a hold of the patients. Ken Kesey introduces the novel with Nurse Ratched, who appears to be the figure with the power on the ward. Chief Bromden notices “practice had steadied and strengthened her until now she wields a sure power that extends in all directions,” (30). Nurse Ratched wants all the power she can get; and no other employee from the ward questions her about it. Chief tells McMurphy that “she’ll go on winning, just like the combine, because she has all the power of the combine behind her,” (65). Ever since McMurphy had entered the ward he wanted to take over Nurse Ratched’s power, and help the other patients get out of her manipulating schemes. But Chief ...
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