One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Manipulation Analysis

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Manipulation is a strong and powerful skill. If it is not addressed, especially in a facility holding the mentally disabled, it can lead to grave consequences. The type of manipulation featured in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey is an example that can be seen prominently throughout history. In the book, Nurse Ratched manipulated the patients of the ward to her benefit. The patients were not properly cared for and were abused physically and mentally. Being a former Army nurse, Ratched indulges in order. Nurse Ratched is quick to eradicate inappropriate behavior in the ward that she feels takes away the purpose of her authority. Nurse Ratched is the main antagonist of the book. She preserves her power by manipulating the patients, …show more content…
She continuously mentally abused the patients rather than trying to get them back on track with their lives. Lobotomies and electroshock therapy were given to patients just because they were misbehaving or were not following directions from the Orderlies or Nurse Ratched. Some may say that Nurse Ratched was only doing was she thought would be best for the sake of the patients, but there was no consent from the patients or their families for these types of procedures to be performed to somehow “alter” their behaviors to make it easier to manage them. In a hospital, patients are expected to be improving and properly cared for. Instead, patients were threatened by Nurse Ratched during meetings, which she led, were physically and mentally abused, and were given unnecessary medications and procedures to calm the patients. “This morning I plain don't remember. They got enough of those things they call pills down me so I don't know a thing till I hear the ward door open.” (Kesey 8) The staff abuses the dosage of medications to put down the patients when they see fit. The patients of this ward were mistreated to a great extent. They performed lobotomies and ESTs that were profuse to some of the patients. Patients who entered the ward as Acutes later turned into Chronics, proving that the foundation is obstructing the patients’ mental and physical abilities to stand on their …show more content…
The patients are here because of their inability to fulfill normality in society. But Nurse Ratched abuses her own power and puts the patients through countless confrontations of intimidation and manipulation. What nurse, who vouches her life to helping patients get back on their feet, corrupts the control she has over the patients. Nurse Ratched did not treat these patients with proper care. She continuously abused the patients instead of trying to actually help them fit back into social standards. Patients were stripped of their personal secrets and used against them by Nurse Ratched to keep them at bay. The Orderlies constantly insulted the patients mentally and physically. The abuse the patients endured shows that this mental institution is not fit to be managed by Nurse Ratched. Patients were frightened of Nurse Ratched; scared to stand up for themselves, knowing the consequences of going against the Nurse. With the evidence of patients being mistreated and manipulated at the hands of Nurse Ratched and her staff, Nurse Ratched is guilty of allowing malpractice to run through her

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