McMurphy is a man destined to change the asylum. At McMurphy’s introduction, readers are unsure of his level of sanity. Regardless, the other patients and staff seem to be attracted to his confidence and cleverish ways to anger Nurse Ratched. McMurphy gains his power by giving the other patients the ability to take back the power that Nurse Ratched has stolen from them with her devious rules and cruelties. In the so called “therapy session” that Nurse Ratched runs, McMurphy points out what he has seen from the ward: "the rest are even scared to open up and laugh. You know, that's the first thing that got me about this place, that there wasn't anybody laughing. I haven't heard a real laugh since I came through that door, do you know...
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...ief’s escape is the final victory for the inmates. He has finally found his voice, his power. He finds his strength and breaks out of the asylum.
In conclusion, Ken Kesey’s, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a great representation of a power struggle. The character Nurse Ratched, uses rules and order to keep power over the ward, while Randle McMurphy uses his natural persuasive ability to gain patience and staff on his side. McMurphy gains control by appealing to their hidden confidence and hope. On the other hand, Nurse Ratched uses law and order to force the patience to comply. Although Nurse Ratched lobotomizes McMurphy, ultimately killing him, McMurphy’s beliefs and morals live on with the rest of the patients. Due to McMurphy’s influence, the patients grew confidence and are given reason to live there lives to the fullest without any repercussion.
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