Nurse Ratched Stereotypes

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When someone is changed based on the power given to them people often say that he or she isn’t in their senses and that all of their actions are being altered based on their desire for more. This is exactly why I believe that Nurse Ratched in actuality is not a bad human being. In my opinion Nurse Ratched is made to look like an emasculating monster by the ward and McMurphy further proves this opinion when he acts against the very foundation laid down by Nurse Ratched. In reality when rules are laid down, people who do not follow these rules are punished and in certain situations may look like the better person but the truth is that laws and rules are put into place for the benefit of the people. Within the film McMurphy constantly breaks rules …show more content…
This although praised by critics and commentators is another tactic used to alter the audience’s perspective because this portrayal is based on the perception of Chief Bromden’s narration from the book. Marsha McCreadie of Rutgers University states “Of changes within characters, the most commented upon has been Louise Fletcher’s humanized portrait of the Big Nurse. Most critics and commentators have been complimentary, noting that this more subtle interpretation made the viewers know more about the character,”(McCreadie 130). Thus upon the revelations previously stated, I believe that the character of Nurse Ratched is wrongly accused of being a treacherous monster who is after the men on the ward based on the skewed perspective presented to the audience and is instead a servant of the law who is forced based on her moral and ethical principles to carry out punishments to law breakers such as Randle Patrick …show more content…
These are all qualities that lack within the persona known to be Randle Patrick McMurphy. McMurphy a sexually bolded, rowdy criminal is the furthest thing from a hero. McMurphy in fact is the counter opposite of a hero, he is an anarchist, a man who has no respect for the government or laws that pertain to him. As soon as McMurphy steps foot on to the ward, the audience has been introduced to a so called saviour who is correctly described by John Zubizarreta of Columbia College as someone who “ romps and rants throughout the film, making shambles of the nurse’s order and gaining the audience’s implicit approval,”(Zubizarreta 1). As soon as McMurphy makes his presence on to the screen, automatically the scenes ambience changes from one of a calm, smooth wave to one of a dark, and thunderous thunderstorm. McMurphy makes the audience cringe in their seats due to the treacherous acts he commits and yet is still considered a hero in the eyes of the audience. The third person direction is a major contribution as to why a man like McMurphy could ever be idolized in the way he is. The direction makes it seem that everything McMurphy does is one-hundred percent correct, and that what Nurse Ratched does is absolutely

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