This quote flawlessly describes the state each main character reaches in Chapter 28 of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. By the point of no return, I do not mean that the characters have reached a dead end. My intended meaning is much deeper than that. The point i speak is the point in which they can not revert to their old selves. The positive steps toward recovering from their original ways are not strong enough to last forever until the events of Chapter 28.
It is safe to say Chapter 28 of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest revolves not around Mcmurphy or the Big Nurse, but around Billy Bibbit. Being thrust into the spotlight, shy little Billy Bibbit overcomes many remarkable barriers. For the first time, we are given insight into the root of his childish behavior; his mother. Jug-eared, buck toothed, and freckled faced Billy starts to break free of his illusion and become the gray haired, wrinkled 31 year old he truly is.
Although Billy Bibbit has made drastic improvements from the start of the book to this point, Chapter 28 is one of the most important chapters for him because it is the point of no return. By losing his virginity, Billy faces his biggest fear and makes a giant step into becoming a man. The factor that gives significance to this act is that this can not be undone. Billy will never be a virgin again. He has defied not only Nurse Ratched, but his emasculating mother.
Aside from Billy having sex, there were several smaller factors in this chapter that reflect he has made remarkable mental progress. Billy j...
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... is not a machine, or a man, but a normal woman, their fear of her can be completely diminished. Mcmurphy’s final revelation is a successful attempt to heal the patients, even if he had to sacrifice his own life to achieve this.
Lastly, The Ward reaches its point of no return as well as the patients. After this chaos has came loose within The ward’s grounds, it would be near impossible for it to revert back to its old strict and orderly ways. Now that the patients are aware that if they can sneak prostitutes in and get drunk, they know they can pretty much do anything. All the order and precision the Ward stood for had been broken beyond repair. Up until this chapter, there was a good chance of recovery for the ward despite the patient 's previous rebellions. Now, however, it has lost all control to such an extreme it can not return.
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