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  1. One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest Essay 2

    Thank You." He introduces himself to everyone in the ward, shaking hands and filling the silence with loud laughter. Kesey celebrates him as the individual who is powerful, dynamic figure and one who can challenge the prevailing system. McMurphy immediately engages in a long, hopeless, and endless battle with Big Nurse, a classic control freak. She has control over the machinery that controls the ward. It is the machinery which de-humanises the other patients and makes them a mass and not individual. This is what McMurphy is to fight for, the freedom of the patients. What Nurse Ratched wants is a group of docile and quiet men who do not upset or question how she has ordered things.

    • Word count: 637
  2. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

    Randle McMurphy - a loud, dirty and confident man. His free laughter stuns the other patients, who have changed in their time in the institute and therefore do not show their emotions as 'normal humans' or sane people do. Throughout the entire moment of his introduction, not a single voice rises to meet that of McMurphy; "What happened, you see, was I got a couple of hassles at the work farm...", he stats a conversion without even waiting for someone to ask him why he is at the institute, he does not give anyone the chance go speak unless he speaks to them.

    • Word count: 739
  3. Victims Villains or heroes? Compare the ways in which men are presented in Bladerunner and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    like Billy is victimised by something that effect him physically, his disease where he ages to fast which in turn stops him from going to the off world making him stay on earth with the rest of society's outcasts. Billy also shows these characteristics that Sebastian has as Billy is also excluded from society due to the physical fault that he has his stutter, this also effects Billy's way with women and at Billy's age being a virgin due to this just makes him even more of an outcast as it is an unlikely situation that you'd be a virgin at his age.

    • Word count: 724
  4. 'Dare to be different' is a phrase that is easier said than done. In Kasey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, there is a mass conformity on the mental ward where the novel takes place. The men on the ward will not go against or question the manner in which Nurse Ratched conducts the affairs of their daily lives. This frequently happens in the daily lives of people today. Often people will not question the Nurse Ratched's of the world (individuals in power), they will just go along with what they are told to do without questioning why they are doing this task or if this is the best way for me.

    • Word count: 724
  5. America is currently involved a conflict in the Middle East. The United States is trying to stop the terrorism problem in nonconforming nations.

    Chief believes that Nurse Ratched is a member of the Combine. The main goal of this organization is to perfect the world and change people to fit into society. "Combine," the name that Chief gives the organization, is a term for a threshing machine, whose main purpose is to cut down and harvest wheat. The name defines what the organization does; it takes people down and then turns them into something. They are suppose to try to change the patients into better people so they could attempt to one day reenter society as a full functioning person.

    • Word count: 991
  6. In ken keseay's 'one flew over the cuckoo's nest' a psychiatric ward becomes a metaphor for the oppressive nature of society

    Chief bromden is a paranoid schizophrenic as well as the narrator of the novel. Kesey uses the mental hospital as a metaphor for the oppression he sees in the modern society. This makes us question accepted definitions of what we regard as sane or insane Until the arrival of the anarchic mcmurphy, the patients co-operate. They swallow their tranquillisers, agree to any guilt-mongering diagnosis or humiliating treatment the authorities say is for their good. They take part in democratic therapy sessions that adrupt end if anyone tries to change anything, and know that the ultimate sanction is lobotomy The characters themselves

    • Word count: 593
  7. Laughter occurs frequently throughout One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey.

    McMurphy?s laughter is just the start of the healing process for all of the boys. McMurphy?s laughter quickly becomes contagious to the boys, and ?Harding is collapsed beside McMurphy and is laughing?.and Sefelt and the doctor, and all? (250). The repetition of the word ?and? is extremely significant. As Chief uses the word ?and? to continue adding on to the list of people who are laughing, he is adding people on to a list of the people who are beginning their personal healing process and finding themselves again.

    • Word count: 946
  8. One flew over the cuckoo's nest. Mrs Ratched's report.

    Chief Bromden was found in Mc Murphy?s wardrobe. This patient went into panic and was supplied with a Valerien c1 tranquilizer. After the shaving, the patient was sent to the Seclusion Room where he stayed for the next two hours. 8.00 Medications distributed. Each patient has received the Ku 118 capsule pill, making a total of 36 pills. Patient Mr Taber has rejected the pill again. 8.10 am. Row with the Black Boys after being seen without performing their respective jobs.

    • Word count: 770

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