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Richard Hoskins The poem is a counting rhyme, used by children to choose who is "it." . But the east-west thing could simply refer to Bromden and McMurphy. Part 1 Quotes: In the beginning of the novel, Chief Bromden describes Nurse Ratched as a It is not until McMurphy's arrival does the fog start to recede. Here's a nice moment of friendship, right? When Chief Bromden realizes that McMurphy has had a lobotomy, he decides he won't let McMurphy live as a zombie.
Emphasizing their "inability" to adjust to society influences the patients to want to stay in the protection of the ward, which allows Nurse Ratched to maintain her authority over the ward. Nurse Ratched's way of treating her patients goes back to the theme of domineering manipulation.
Quotes - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
She makes them feel useless and hopeless so that all they have left to do is follow the regulations of the hospital. Law and order is what empowers her, so by having all the patients follow her orders, she stays in control and maintains her dominance by attempting to stop their rebellion. In the quote, Harding is describing electroshock therapy and how it is the "best" treatment even though it is damaging to the brain. This shows the time period this novel takes place in since mental illnesses were still a mystery, not allowing doctors to give proper treatment to their patients.
McMurphy is the first person to question this treatment since all the other patients thought it was beneficial and "therapeutic. This keeps her ward in order and allows for her control to stay intact. He is showing the other patients that her control does not overpower their individualism and that being individuals will override her suppression. Even though Nurse Ratched is trying to weaken McMurphy, his strength in overcoming the treatment proves to the other patients that there is hope and that they too can surpass Nurse Ratched's control.
Pic 12 Part 3 Quotes: Pic 13 " The salt smell o' poundin' sea, the crack o' the bow against the waves—braving the elements, where men are men and boats are boats" pagespeaker McMurphy.ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOON'S NEST - Chief & Mc Murfy escape
Here, McMurphy is leading the men on a fishing trip, which is, perhaps, the most symbolic of McMurphy's rebellious challenge to Nurse Ratched. Though Big Nurse is dissatisfied when McMurphy takes the men out on a trip, McMurphy does it anyway because he believes that it is time for the men to have some "fun" beyond the boundaries of the ward.
More importantly, the fishing trip serves as a turning point of the story plot because it is after this fishing trip that the men develops deeper faith in McMurphy's leadership and the war against Nurse Ratched.
Furthermore, the fishing trip also liberates the men from the emasculation they experience in the ward as McMurphy notes the sea is "where men are men. Thus, the fishing trip serves as a symbolic turning point for the novel's story plot. As in most cases, McMurphy encourages and instills confidence in various men during his time in the ward.
In the beginning of the novel, Chief believes he is a useless human being as he does nothing but mop the floor every day. Even though Chief Bromden continuously tells McMurphy that he is a lot bigger and tougher than most of the men, McMurphy replies that he, in turn, believes Chief Bromden is way "bigger" than him.
Though McMurphy's "big" definition may be purely physical size, he is nevertheless injecting more and more confidence into Chief Bromden. It is through this quote that readers can see just exactly how McMurphy is able to change all the men around him through his candid and witty remarks. To the other patients and Chief Bromden, McMurphy is the symbol of inspiration and optimism. Pic 14 Part 4 Quotes: It's a better, more general word than the other one. I indulged in certain practices that our society regards as shameful.
And I got sick. It wasn't the practices, I don't think, it was the feeling that the great, deadly, pointing forefinger of society was pointing at me—and the great voice of millions chanting, 'Shame. Harding, a patient who checks into the ward to avoid his wife, concisely expresses the theme of conformity versus nonconformity.
It is the society's pressure and "pointing finger" that cause these men to retreat into the ward and to feel belittled. He broke out of prison to visit her grave, resulting in his death.
Our mothers are important to us men, vital to what we become in life. They shape our world view, especially toward women. Show me a misogynist and I'll show you a man raised by a misandric, man-hater.
Q&A: Like Father, Like Son In "Cuckoo's Nest"
Toxic mothering was also brought out in Jeannette Walls' The Gass Castle, when she showed her paternal grandmother molesting her younger brother and suggested that her father, Rex, was warped for life by that horrible woman. Don't expect men who have been tortured and warped by their mothers not to have trouble fitting in to society.
Kesey accurately and courageously drove this point home in Cuckoo. But if we get sidetracked by the brutal way the message was delivered we miss the message. Women in general have trouble comprehending the way these toxic mothers behave toward their children because their evil is invisible, carried out behind closed doors at home.
What Cuckoo does is shed light on a very important dark place in society. They are a wound on society that must be opened and aired so it can be healed.