Analysis Of One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest Essay

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo 's Nest guides the audience through the unforgettable story of the protagonist, Randle McMurphy. McMurphy is an incarcerated convict who pleads insanity with the hope of getting transferred to a mental ward. Unbeknownst to McMurphy, the cosy prison time he imagined turns out to be not only a physical prison but also a prison of the mind. The devilish antagonist, Nurse Ratched, rules this ‘prison ' with an iron fist, but the newly admitted McMurphy soon opposes her. McMurphy and Nurse Ratched fight for influence over the ward 's patients; however, during McMurphy 's battle with Nurse Ratched, he feels within himself a strong emotion towards the ward 's patients. Compassion, a form of love, is an emotion that, as a criminal, McMurphy has never expected to experience.

Feeling trapped and helpless, Billy Bibbit has attempted to take his life a multitude of times. Billy 's mother has led a controlling relationship and has consequently sent her son through the fiery depths of depression, and, worst of all, she has delivered her son to the devil herself, Nurse Ratched. We view Nurse Ratched as the devil because of her oppressive rule, and her intentions in ‘curing ' those under her care. To the audience, it is apparent that her intentions are not that of a nurse, but of a power-crazy ruler. Milos Forman epitomises this devilish theme by styling Nurse Ratched 's hair with devil horns. As the audience learns of Billy 's maltreatment, we instinctively feel…

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