By default, he also shows how little power the patients have. In fact, McMurphy is one idiosyncratic patient that no one in the ward has ever encountered. Throughout these hundreds of years the role of nurses changed many times; first being seen as a lowly profession in the world to what it is today, a profession with the utmost respect. The movie sees the patients in the same way. Spivey are depicted as cowering and anxious.
Readers see that she has allowed McMurphy to continue to play the game, though she has had him in check-mate all along. He grew up in the Columbian gorge. Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest offers a unique take on this theme:. To Kesey, these are far more sinister: they completely alter the person underneath. A dishonorable discharge, afterward, for insubordination. First person perspective is very dominant in pieces form the Post-War Period, as in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It all leads up to a late scene where he is found asleep on the floor next to an open window.
Instead, they guffaw that it is a poor simulacrum, a creation designed to fool them into thinking the unsurpassable McMurphy has been brought down. McMurphy is forced to suffer shock therapy. He took on his mother's last name of Bromden. Chief Bromden, or Chief, has lived in a mental hospital for over twenty years. The film also alludes to him having had large numbers of shock treatments during his stay. If we are following the symbolism, we can suspect that McMurphy will be killed by the conclusion of the film.
Both of these pieces of media share the same type of background and can be compared to each other in a couple of different ways. A discussion of the setting, theme, and character situations of the story will help one understand how those feelings fall into line with most every person on the streets today. Oppression is another theme in the novel with the institution being much alike the oppressive American society. McMurphy acts like Christ in the book—a model and leader for his disciples, the other patients. McMurphy must assist the men that need to escape the conforming attitudes and restrictions that society is imposing on them. McMurphy is far from always winning, though.
However, the treatment that was conducted within the psych ward was also an important aspect of the movie. She looks beat up, and flinches at their approach. In the novel, the women are depicted as the power figures who are able to significantly manipulate the patients on the ward. At midnight, when Geever and the other aides besides Mr. This character is an excellent study in the evolution of a mentally ill individual along the path of finding a semblance of normalcy, although the phenomenon is the result of interactions with a decidedly psychopathic or sociopathic man, McMurphy, played by Jack Nicholson. The Beat Generation was first formed in the mid-1950's and showed a strong connection between literature and. McMurphy rejects compromise and constantly fights the Big Nurse as she tries to emasculate him and the other patients.
The men regained control of the ward and themselves. McMurphy is also a con man for most of the novel Foster 2. The protagonist of the story acts as a model and leader for other characters in the book, just as Christ was for his disciples. If it wasn't the African- Americans or women protesting for equal rights, the students were protesting the war in Vietnam, and the literature from that time represents America's unrest. There were no heroes on the psychiatric ward until McMurphy's arrival. He teaches Chief how to be strong and independent again. That is why he is able to use the title chief.
It could for that matter have won, too, for cinematography and editing. McMurphy at first only acts against the nurse for his own benefit, but eventually he is drawn into the plight of the patients. Patients keep signing themselves out of the ward, and then Harding signed out and was picked up by his wife. Then McMurphy leads this woman and Billy to a room where they can be alone before McMurphy heads for his Heaven to the north, Canada. Everyone starts mixing their drinks with cough syrup, while McMurphy and Turkle smoke weed.
It also helps dispel some of the myths about mental disorders-and boy, there are a lot. Kesey's novel focuses on the act of rebellion and its cost, while at the same time considering essential questions such as the very nature of truth. For example, the novel addresses the issue of women in power and the consequences of rebelling against authority, all concerns of mid-century America. The Post-War Period embraces the mundane such as realism, but also involves more experimentation than novels from the Modern Period did. In corrupt institutions, authoritative figures maintain power by oppressing and persecuting those who threaten their authority and are even willing to exterminate individuals to protect the institutions.