One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest

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Ken kersey’s, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the film Fight Club both contain to the theme of the desire to rebel against society and to try to gain control and full power. The antagonist, Nurse Ratched desires order and wants complete power and control in the mental institution and to achieve total authority she manipulates her patients and puts them in uncomfortable circumstances. If any of the patients break her rules, there will be consequence. She forces the patients to do things they don’t want to do and she makes them feel nervous and uneasy. She is very successful at getting people to what she desires. But her power and authority is put to the test when Randle McMurphy, the protagonist checks into the mental institution. He wants …show more content…
He is rebellious and has no desire to conform to the rules. Chief Bromden, who is the narrator of the novel, pretends to be deaf and unable to speak so people talk freely around him. He may appear to be powerless but he actually has a lot of power because he knows everyone secrets from listening in on their conversations. In the film Fight Club the narrator who is not named had no interest and tries to empty the voids in his life. He meets Tyler Durden who is a free spirited character who doesn’t care much about the rules. He believes living a life full of pain and sufferance is really the only appropriate lifestyle. They both open a place called fight club which us where men can come and just unleash all their anger on one another through physical violence. By applying Sigmund Freud’s “Id, Ego, and Superego” to the characters in the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the film Fight Club, it will reveal the characters true intentions, who they really are, and what they want to …show more content…
The id is the part of our personality which contains our primitive impulses which can be sex, anger, or hunger. The id is the most important part of our personality because it allows us to get our basic needs met. Freud believed that the id is based on our pleasure principle. The id wants whatever feels good at the time without considering the reality of what might actually happen or the consequence of their actions. When the id wants something, nothing else is important. The ego is the part of our personality which maintains a balance between impulses and our conscience. The ego is based on the reality principle. The ego understands that other people have needs and desires and that being impulsive or egotistical can hurt us. It’s the ego’s job to meet the needs of the id while taking into consideration the consequence of our actions. The superego represents our conscience. The superego is based on morals and judgments about right and wrong. Even though the superego and the ego may reach the same decision about something, the superego’s reason for that decision is more based on moral values, while the ego’s decision is based more on what others will think or what the consequences of an action could be. The id, ego and superego work together. The id creates the demands, the ego adds the needs of reality, and the superego adds

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