The novel is written from the perspective of a mental patient, Big Chief Bromden, who observes and comments about the daily activities of the hospital where he is a chronic patient. Through his interpretations, the reader experiences his surroundings and experiences. One of the key elements that he conveys early on is that he is pretending to be deaf and is able to hear everything spoken around him. Since the hospital staff is unaware of his ability to hear, he is able to hear things that no one ever intended for him to know about. He is fully aware of the hostility that the hospital staff has for the patients because he hears them speaking about them all of the time. From the beginning, he describes the interactions between the hospital workers and the patients and how he sees it operating like a “machine.” The expectations of the hospital workers and the consequences of acting against them are described in detail as he introduces the orderlies and head nurse named Nurse Ratched. Since everything is being reported by Chief Bromden, I am not sure what is true and what he perceives as being true because of his mental illness. I am cautious of his interpretations of the events that he is describing and I am trying to figure out what is probably a true depiction of events and what is his interpretation. Just as he is ready for another boring day, a new patient comes through the doors to add some excitement to the ward. He introduces the new character named McMurphy who is extremely lively and unlike any other patient. He describes him as being loud with a strong personality. I can predict by the way McMurphy was introduced by Chief Bromden that he is going to be an antagonist to Nu...
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...e for Billy. McMurphy’s plan was to sneak the women back out before the staff arrived. However, McMurphy falls asleep and Nurse Ratched finds Billy with the prostitute. She belittles Billy and threatens to tell his mother. Billy becomes very distraught and eventaually cuts his throat while in seclusion and bleeds to death. This sends McMurphy into a rage and he attacks Nurse Ratched. Choking her forcefully and literally ripping her uniform off her. Nurse Ratched is saved by one of the orderlies and McMurphy is taken away. In her final act of cruelty Nurse Ratched has McMurphy lobotomized. Chief Bromden then decides to take McMurphys life rather than see him this way. He suffocates him with a pillow. Chief Bromden than uses his new found confidence and clarity of mind to break out of the institution and become free. He now embodies the very things he saw in McMurphy.
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