John Kesey 's One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest Essay

1435 Words Nov 12th, 2015 6 Pages
If one said that harvest requires the same amount of sacrifice, then is it worth to sacrifice everything one has to perfect masses’ beneficial? In Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, from a patient in a mental institute Bromden’s point of view, describes the main character Randle McMurphy comes to the ward and protests the lead nurse Miss Ratched. As Nurse Ratched is a cruel manipulator that gradually destroy patients’ masculinity, McMurphy sacrifices all he has to help other patients to regain their power and courage to be free. The close analysis of the novel shows that Kesey uses the symbolism of the fog, dictions from Bromden and McMurphy, and the allusion of Jesus to portray a stirring revolution of individuality and self-identity, which further highlight that there must be a form of sacrifice in order to gain the power to make a difference in society.
There are two main characters that had made significant sacrifices throughout the novel. Kesey uses symbolism and diction to portray that truth may be cruel and illusions may appear tempting, and it further emphasizes that one must take ricks and face possible failures before achieving his goal. Kesey uses symbolism when Bromden gives a flashback of his past experience in Europe. He looked at the fog machines and states, “You had a choice: you could either strain and look at things that appeared in front of you in the fog, painful as it might be, or you could relax and lose yourself” (131). Kesey…

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