Big Nurse Character Analysis

2450 Words 10 Pages
Register to read the introduction… The film’s treatment of Chief Bromden during this scene is in the role of an insignificant Chronic, who finally casts the futile majority vote needed to watch the World Series game. Focused on McMurphy, the camera follows him, focusing on the desperation that McMurphy begins to experience. Only when he reaches Bromden, the last possible patient that could vote, do we see Bromden as an important player in this scene (46:00 Forman). But it is not through the internal struggle of Bromden that we see him finally raise his hand but from the wild and desperate gesticulations from McMurphy. The scene becomes a reactionary event from Bromden, rather than an internal struggle of will. Bromden’s portrayal in the film was a significant change to a superficial perception of the character rather than a central …show more content…
McMurphy and flourish him into a likeably manic protagonist, beyond the character presented in the novel. At his arrival, the first action taken by McMurphy is introducing himself to the other patients. He negotiates not just his own identity, which is primarily defined by the symbols on and around his body, but also moves from patient to patient, renegotiating their identities (Kesey 21). The physical manifestation of McMurphy is very different from the novel. With an absence of tattoo’s and sheer physical size, Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the character builds off of his charisma. My image of the novel’s McMurphy was more in tune with that of an Irish thug, complete with the tattoos and broad, muscular physique. Barbara Lupack describes the film McMurphy: “Nicholson’s enormous, infectious vitality makes his McMurphy a forceful, engaging creation.” (Lupack 42). His interactions with Bromden on the basketball courts, a scene exclusive to the movie, depicts McMurphy in a less self-serving light (Forman 23:00). By trying to teach Bromden how to play basketball, he is effectively entertaining himself while also bonding with the other patients. Although unsuccessful in having Chief dunk the ball, he manages to create a trust that will unknowingly help him later in the World Series scene. From his building of relationships with all the patients he establishes a dichotomy of reputations in the novel. One from the patients that consists of him being a hustler, drifter, logger, cowboy, soldier, prospector, gambler and prison bird (Kesey 20); and one from the staff, that defines him as being an unmarried 35-year-old who was dishonorably discharged from the army, accused of rape, assault and battery, disturbing the peace and drunkenness (Kesey 42). He is not given the same variety of labels in the film, instead being considered by the patients as simply a leader and rebel and the staff as an instigator of problems. I

Related Documents