Analysis Of One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest By Ken Kesey Essay
In the novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey, the protagonist, Randall Patrick McMurphy, demonstrates a quest of redemptive sacrifice in order to protect the patient 's in the psych ward from the antagonist, Nurse Ratched. Through McMurphy’s heroic endeavors such as attempting to change ward policy, he is able to establish his own identity and fulfill his destiny.
McMurphy is the essence of what a leader should be. From the beginning the reader is made aware that he is an explosive energy that can liven up any atmosphere. He is a red-headed, Irishman that has a short temper and self acclaimed “gambling fool” (12). He is admitted to the ward for a series of questionable activities such as earning a “...dishonorable discharge, afterward, for insubordination. Followed by a history of street brawls and barroom fights and a series of arrests for Drunkenness, Assault and Battery, Disturbing the Peace, repeated gambling, and one arrest — for Rape,” (46). Upon entering the ward, the patient 's experience a completely different vibe from McMurphy’s appearance. Nurse Ratched insists that through this ward, "diagnosis and possible treatments," (5) will be conducted in order to define a cause for his condition and rebellious behavior.
As McMurphy makes his way through the ward, he already shows his authoritative interest by asking the patients “who is the bull goose looney around here,” (24). Dale Harding, an educated man, is the one that steps…