English Final Essay

1146 Words Nov 29th, 2012 5 Pages
Kelly Haddix
Eng Comp 2
Jason Elznic
04/25/2012

My essay will show how Marxism is portrayed within the two short stories, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Raisin in the Sun. The purpose of this essay is to explain the Marxism role within these two short stories. I will use an academic approach to accomplish this objective. The role of Marxism is portrayed within these two stories, and I will show how Marxism is portrayed and defined by comparing these two short stories.

The similarities between the two stories are that both Walter and McMurphy are fighting against a society that is bent on repressing them. Walter with the white community, and McMurphy with the hospital staff at the mental institution, namely Nurse
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McMurphy works with Chief and gets him to open up and start talking again. Nurse Ratched does not acknowledge this breakthrough. When the Chief violates the norms of the institution, along with McMurphy, he is subjected to electroshock therapy to control his emotions and behavior. This showing some of the social controls used in the mental institution.
Chief Tee Ah Millatoona Chief Tee Ah Millatoona is Bromden’s father. He married a Caucasian woman and took her last name. The chief’s marriage and submission to a white woman makes an important statement about the oppression of the natural order by modern society. Modern society says that men should be the controllers of the family, not the women. Yet Bromden’s father marries and takes his wife’s last name and Bromden’s mother is the controlling unit in their family.
Nurse Ratched Nurse Ratched takes on the role of a social control agent, but when McMurphy challenges her authority, she becomes upset, causing role conflict between herself and McMurphy. As Nurse Ratched begins losing control over the patients, McMurphy starts gaining control of the ward. Nurse Ratched tries to control the individualism being expressed by the patients. One of the ways she does this is by controlling the discussion group questions. The patients there seem to be prisoners of their own fears. Nurse Ratched relies on these fears to help control the group.
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