Chief Bromden Essays

  • Chief Bromden in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Chief Bromden is half American Indian. His father was a chief named Tee Ah Millatoona, which means The-pine-that-stands-tallest-on-the-mountain. That is why he is able to use the title chief. He took on his mother's last name of Bromden. He grew up in the Columbian gorge. The chief is massive and tall and would appear very intimidating and threatening to those who meet him. He was committed to the hospital and has been there for longer than

  • The Character of Chief Bromden in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    Chief Bromden, a tall American-Indian mute is the central character that symbolizes the change throughout the text and also throughout society. Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest uses this character that is subject to change as the narrator event though his perceptions cannot be fully trusted. Initially the ward is run as if it was a prison ward, but from the moment the brawling, gambling McMurphy sets foot on the ward it is identified that he is going to cause havoc and provide

  • Chief Bromden Sparknotes

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    Chief Bromden, a long-term patient in Nurse Ratched’s psychiatric ward and he narrates the novel. The story begins on how he awakens to a typical day on the ward, feeling paranoid about the certain nighttime activities of the ward’s three black aides. The aides make fun of him for being a pushover, they make him sweep the hallways for them, even though he is over six feet tall. The black aides have nicknamed him Chief Broom. Bromden pretends to be deaf and dumb; he overhears all the secrets on the

  • Chief Bomden: The Character Of Chief Bromden

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    Chief Bromden, known as Chief Broom, is a long-term patient that serves in the psychiatric ward due to his schizophrenic condition. Because of his condition, he creates many hallucinations. For example, he believes that he can hear mechanical operations behind the walls of the psychiatric ward. In discussion of Chief Bromden, one controversial issue has been whether or not he is a heroic figure because of his hallucinations, failing to address the real events in the novel. On the other hand, many

  • Chief Bromden Character Analysis

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    the narrator of the novel, Chief Bromden, brilliantly illustrates the fictional society he exists in and how the conventions of his society affects him and how he responds to them. Throughout the novel, the oppressive and inhuman society created by Nurse Ratched causes Chief Bromden to have a transition in character from being docile

  • Character Analysis Of Chief Bromden

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    Point of view-The story is told by the point of view of Chief Bromden, a patient at a mental health hospital. He expresses his own emotions as well as providing background details on the characters and setting which enables the readers to comprehend the story better. -Character Development- All of the characters experience significant development throughout the story. This starts when McMurphy first enters the hospital and teaches the patients to not be afraid of expressing their feelings. For example

  • Chief Bromden Isolation Essay

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    ‘fog’ and ‘the machine’ which are inside the walls. Chief Bromden is a very large person, standing at considerably over six feet tall, you would first assume someone like this to be unafraid, open and confident, yet Chief Bromden is the polar opposite. The false expectation of chief is a hint at how complex his character really is. Under the pressure of all these forms of isolation and the institutional oppression of the ward, Chief Bromden is conceptually the smallest

  • One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest: Every Person Is Different

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    mentally ill, and some are just plain old crazy. In the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, written by Ken Kesey, the author shows how people can act so differently and have different ways of dealing with their problems. The story is narrated by Chief Bromden who is thought to be deaf and dumb. He tells of a man by the name of R. P. McMurphy, who was a con man, and was convicted of statutory rape. He told

  • Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    subverted, challenged, denied and assumed” (http://www.gradesaver.com/ClassicNotes/Titles/cuckoosnest/essays/essay1.html). No, it is not McMurphy who flew over the Cuckoo’s nest, or Harding, or Taber. It wasn’t Martini or Cheswick, or Bibbit, Chief Bromden or Bancini. The journey of crazies that flew over the Cuckoo’s nest was in the asylum, but they were not patients. The mad people in this scenario were paid to be mad. Nurse Ratched, Dr. John Spivey and other staff, like Washington, were salaried

  • Laughter as Therapy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

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    far away the patients were from reality. The chief says (22) “I see he is making every body over their uneasy, with all his kidding and joking.” Then right after he starts connecting to the patients and the Acutes actually show some sign of a smile (23) “The Acutes are grinning now not so uneasy any more glad that something out of the ordinary is happening.” Only after 8 pages there is progress already seen in the patients with laughter. Chief Bromden states “The air is pressed in by the walls to

  • one flew over the cucoos nest

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    contemporary American society. Notions of leadership and hierarchy within a class, sexism, and crime and punishment play a vital role in the telling of the story. Chief Bromden, the book’s narrator, darkly and fearfully portrays the institution. Within the walls of the harsh, bleak institution are several authority figures known as the "Combine" to the Chief. They control, direct, and manipulate every aspect of the lives of the patients. Nurse Ratched, who controls the Chief's ward, is the ultimate authority

  • One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

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    There is much strength associated with both speech and silence. One can use either to their advantage in a power struggle. In the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Randle Patrick McMurphy and Nurse Ratched employ the power of speech and Chief Bromden uses the power of silence until the end of the novel when he gains the power of speech. These cases prove that the greatest power is not held in speech or silence alone, but in the effective combination of the two. Many people believe verbal

  • Racism in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    that seem crazy actually make sense. A good example is the narrator of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Chief Bromden. He appears to be an insane patient at a mental hospital who hallucinates about irrational mechanical people and a thick fog that permeates the hospital ward where he lives. In reality, Bromden's hallucinations provide valuable insight into the dehumanization that Bromden and the other ward patients are subjected to. Ken Kesey, in his writing of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

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    defeated when Ms. Ratched makes him get a lobotomy. When you first pick up the book, you will first notice that the story is told by one of the men who live in the ward. This is Chief Bromden; a half-Indian who is one of the long time committed men. In my eyes, the Bromden is a key character in the whole book. The Chief, in reality, is 6 foot 7 inches tall, but in his mind he sees himself as a man only two or three feet tall. This is because he has received over 200 electro-shock treatments and

  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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    intern are simply guided through their mundane lives by the powers that be. Until someone comes along offering them leadership and the prospect to become “big again.” The man who does so is no other than R.P. McMurphy. Scanlon, Harding, Bibbit, and Chief Bromden may have become adjusted to the oppressive system in which they lived, but certainly were much better adjusted to the real world and life in general after their experience with McMurphy. Some people may argue that the people of the mental hospital

  • The Use of Laughter as Medicine in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    the arrival of a new patient. Chief Bromden, who is presumably deaf and dumb, narrates the story in third person. Mr. McMurphy enters the ward all smiles and hearty laughter as his own personal medicine. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a story about patients in a psychiatric hospital, who are under the power of Nurse Ratched. Mrs. Ratched has control over all the patients except for Mr. McMurphy, who uses laughter to fight her power. According to Chief Bromden, McMurphy "...knows you have to

  • One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

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    traveled around the country staging happenings. Kesey’s playful attitude is reflected in the main character, McMurphy, who is often pulling pranks in the psychiatric ward. The oppression of society is a big theme in the novel. The narrator (Chief Bromden) often reflects on how the Combine is taking over. The Big Nurse is never happy unless there is complete order in her ward. She often holds group meetings, in which she belittles her patients to where they are merely rabbits, and not men. Often

  • One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    Chief is the narrator because if McMurphy were the narrator, he could not quite be telling the story as a fable. He would be empowered to control the path of the narrative--if he were still sane. But Chief, who has not been lobotomized but freed, recounts McMurphy's story and takes the lesson to the outside world. He becomes the messenger. Chief Bromden believes in the "fog" and the power of the "Combine." The fog is, on an individual level, a kind of mental dimness or confusion that also represents

  • Women's Control in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    Women's Control in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey is about a man named Chief Bromden. He is half Indian and is locked up in a mental institute. He has led everyone in the ward to believe that he is deaf and dumb; instead he is just quiet and observant. Big Nurse is the head of the ward and mentally controls every patient she has, not allowing them to become better. McMurphy is a transfer to the ward and loosens up the atmosphere. He

  • Comparison of Book and Movie of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    meaning behind the story. The characterization of chief Bromden is a good example of the changes made from book to movie.  His past is a vital piece of information contributing to the mood and understanding of the story.  In the movie, Bromden is nothing more than a crazy Indian who doesn't want to talk so pretends to be deaf and dumb.  Much of the understanding and respect is lost in the transition between book and movie.  In the book, Bromden has flashbacks to his childhood, lighting on