He’s not chewing his cheeks anymore but he still stares ahead, past McMurphy’s shoulder. “Is this the usual pro-cedure for these Group Therapy shindigs? Bunch of chickens at a peckin’ party?” (Kesey 57).
McMurphy uses the phrase peckin’ party as an analogy of how chicken will peck at each other if they see a blood spot and comparing it to how Nurse Ratched starts criticizing a patient and the rest of the patient will follow. The patient still think that the Nurse has the right intentions and denies McMurphy allegations toward the nurse. An additional way Nurse Ratched manipulates the patients of the ward is by insinuation. Insinuation is one of her primary ways to stay in control at the ward. She like to maintain that control and one person she needs control over is Doctor Spivey. He would be in control of the ward if it weren’t for her control over the ward. Harding, patient in the ward, explains to McMurphy how Nurse Ratched insinuates to maintain