Emotional Intelligence In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the demonstration of an individual who takes authority in mental ward while battling the real woman in power. Randall McMurphy is admitted into the mental ward after committing crimes and pleading insane. Upon entering the ward McMurphy can already tell how vegetable like those in the ward have become. He’s a man who enjoys gambling and believes he can lighten up the mood around the ward. Nurse Ratched is the head nurse of the ward and soon realizes that McMurphy is trying to mess up the order of things. Nurse Ratched believes that everything done in the ward is for therapeutic value; she shows no emotions and is often feared. Both McMurphy and Nurse Ratched have and lack certain emotional intelligence …show more content…
By implementing Daniel Goleman’s emotional intelligence it is undeniable that Nurse Ratched and McMurphy both lack and have social skills that ultimately leads to a tragic ending. An ability that Daniel Goleman conspires to be an important trait in a sociable environment is the ability to feel empathic towards individuals. In the novel, Chief Bromden is treated like an outcast his entire life, he’s always ignored and no one ever recognizes him so he acts deaf and mute in order to fit the characterization that has been place upon him since youth. After finding out Bromden eats used gum, McMurphy attempts to help out the situation. “Juicy Fruit is the best I can do for you at the moment, Chief”. By simply giving Bromden the gum shows that McMurphy feels for him, he realizes that no one pays attention to Bromden enough to know he’s eating used gum. By doing so McMurphy opens up a gateway of friendship. Bromden finally feels recognized and that alone changes everything. …show more content…
Nurse Ratched and McMurphy are both confident which causes them to continuously class. McMurphy knows he has the ward on his side, his constant gambling arouses the men in the ward to be more interested in his plans to take down Ratched. Nurse Ratched is confident because she knows that she can take down anyone in the ward whenever she wants to. The lack of confident in the men of the ward however causes them to depend merely on McMurphy to shine for them. Kesey incorporates “We weren’t fit to be out here with people” (Chief Bromden pg. 243). At this very moment we are exposed to the true vulnerability of the men of the ward. We see how they feel isolated from society and fitting in doesn’t seem to be an option. McMurphy is trying to allow them to explore the waters by taking them on a fishing trip which gives the men a break from Nurse Ratched. Nurse Ratched confidence lies in her authority over everyone in the ward. She knows what she’s capable of and isn’t afraid to use her destructive weapons as she pleases. McMurphy isn’t afraid of Ratched, after she angers him he comes out with a rage that scares her. “McMurphy came stomping up to the counter beside me and hooked his thumbs in his pockets and told the salesgirl to give him a couple of cartons of Marlboros” (Page 198). McMurphy knew that Nurse Ratched disallowed excessive smoking but still attempted

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