Essay about Analysis Of One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest

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1.There are multiple mental illnesses portrayed in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as the setting for the story is a mental institution. The narrator is a large Native American who feigns deaf and dumbness. 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. Nicholson connives to be placed in a mental institution to avoid jail and throughout his antics we are offered an internal view of a form of mental illness more difficult to diagnose - psycho &/or sociopathy. The terms have been used interchangeably and even experts disagree about the differences. Both are listed under the heading of Antisocial Personality Disorders in the DSM -5. They share common traits including a disregard for social mores and the rights of others, an inability to feel remorse and a tendency to be violent. One group of experts on the subject explains the socio/psychopath exhibits a grandiose sense of self, pathological lying, an inability to feel shame or guilt, shallow emotions, poor behavioral controls, a need for stimulation and other traits (Schacter & Gilbert, 2010). Jack Nicholson revealed all of these characteristics in almost classic fashion, so he could meet the requirements for classification as abnormal. More importantly, he demonstrated a total inability to see this in…

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