McMurphy constantly challenges the control of Nurse Ratched, while she tries to show she remains in control, He succeeds in some ways and lo... ... middle of paper ... ...both prostitutes who hardly speak out against the men and will do anything for them, this apparent when at the docks Candy was harassed by other men. In Conclusion, In One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest there are intimidating women, Nurse Ratched, Mrs.Bibbit, and Vera Harding are representing characters of the matriarchy that reigns in the mental ward, and instills fear in the men which helps them remain in the ward to afraid to face the outside world. Candy Starr is in contrast to the other female characters, her stereotypical portrayal as a "hooker with a heart of gold" has led some critics to call the book sexist. The novel ignores gender equality, Nurse Ratched is a symbol of authority, which is tested by the numerous confrontations she experiences with the patients, in particular McMurphy, the only man in the ward not intimidated by the matriarchy that reigns.
She sees McMurphy as a direct threat to her authority because he is every bit her equal mentally and they share the ability to manipulate the other inmates by imposing their will. McMurphy constantly challenges the suppressive rules and strategies of this institution, such as set times when the patients can brush their teeth and the constant backdrop of loud music. He thinks these tactics are to prevent the patients from thinking for themselves, but Nurse Ratched says that the music is loud due to the older patients who do not hear very well. McMurphy continues to push her boundaries by making his own rules such as refusing to take his medication and encouraging other to disobey the establishment as well, which infuriates her. By constantly challenging her authority, McMurphy gains new found respect from Chief Bromden.
This idea of great men being bad men is evident in Kesey's book, my experiences, and society in general. Ken Kesey appears to show disgust for people of power in his book One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Throughout the novel, Nurse Ratched, the lady within whom lays all the power of the staff in a mental institution, frequently sends people who she has behavioral problems with off to the disturbed wing, like she did Maxwell Taber. It is there that they experience the pain of either electroshock therapy, or a full frontal lobotomy. Nurse Ratched uses this and her natural dominance to inspire fear in her patients.
This made many patients lose their sexuality and pride to Miss Ratched as well as convinced by her tric... ... middle of paper ... ...dows the caring of the Japanese nurse but still powerful as she still holds seniority in the ward while Miss Ratched is away. The main motif of the book is the roles of woman, from the extreme of Miss Ratched's cruelty, the backstory of Chief Bromden's mom oppressive force against his father, and the interaction of McMurphy with Candy and the Japanese Nurse all helps to develop the major theme through the motif. Miss Ratched show her cruelty by shaming the patients down in sexuality and pride. The other extreme sign shows Candy's willingness of doing things she's told while Kesey finds the ideal middle role, characterized by the compassionate Japanese nurse. Kesey argues the feminine qualities that females should have in the 1960's throughout his book and use motif to keep informing the readers about the major theme of the book in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Beyond what it means for this character alone, the fog represents the state of mind that Ratched imposes on the patients with her strict, mind-numbing routines and treatment. When McMurphy arrives, he brings a new perspective to the men, and frees them from the fog. All in all, this novel is meant to show us how society can restrict us without our knowledge. If we allow it, we will become just like the “mental” patients in Nurse Ratched’s ward; ignorant conformists, who don’t question the horrible ways they’re being treated. So really, who are the crazies?
The mental patients are dominated by Nurse Ratched, a prior army nurse who controls the ward with jagged and sterile precision. During daily group meetings, she instigates the patients to attack one another in their most shameful areas, humiliating them into submission. Chief Bromden, the half Indian narrator of the novel, shows us through his delirium that the hospital is not what it appears to be. Beneath the walls of the ward lies a deep rooted sexual repression and the patients are manipulated into believing that the daily torture they experience is for their well being. Although the institution implies that having a healthy expression of sexuality is the key to sanity, in reality, the ward does the exact opposite.
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.
McMurphy tries to make the other patients revolt against the Big Nurse and her ward policy. He tries to enjoy himself and the other loons as much as possible. He even smuggles a whore onto the ward, but , as always, gets caught redhanded. In the end the Big Nurse gives the order to enter McMurphy for a lobotomy. At the very end of the book the old Indian, the narrator, has become really fed up with everything and escapes from the ward.
His appearance also seemed like what McMurphy’s probably was. The actor also made it clear to the audience that McMurphy is not actually crazy. Stacy Searle played Nurse Ratched, a very stern and army-like nurse. She appears very cold when she comes into the play, however, she softens up when the rest of the patients come out. She is very controlling and demanding.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest takes place in a mental institution in the Pacific Northwest. The narrator of the novel is Chief Bromden, also known as Chief Broom, a catatonic half-Indian man whom everybody thinks is deaf and dumb. He often suffers from hallucinations in which he feels that the room is filled with fog. The institution is dominated by Nurse Ratched (Big Nurse), a cold, precise woman with calculated gestures and a calm, mechanical manner. When the story begins, a new patient, Randall Patrick McMurphy, arrives at the ward.