One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Mcmurphy Character Analysis Essay

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Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a complex text that explores the different aspects of society and ideals, in particular anti-heroism, through Randle P. McMurphy. McMurphy is used as a narrative tool to connect with the audience, he poses many identifiable traits, most notably his hamartia, his ego. McMurphy is a very accessible character to the readers, from his grittiness to his villain like qualities. McMurphy has an increased moral complexity exhibited by his rejection of traditional values, he is a leader, views himself as a superior, and again alike to an anti-hero his suffering is not senseless.

Kesey characterised McMurphy as a person with substantial flaws, making him more accessible and relatable to the readers. From the moment he enters the quiet and unsuspecting ward he refuses to follow protocol, instantly rebelling, when instructed to shower he informs them in a loud, brassy voice that he’s already plenty damn clean. McMurphy has many stories, from his time in the Marines, escaping from a prison camp, his discharge for insubordination, along with his diagnosis as a psychopath for too much fighting and fucking. McMurphy gambles, drinks and fights, he is larger than life, with his boundless energy, foul language and wild hair.
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As Bromden explains there are two whores on their way down from Portland to take us deep sea fishing, posed as McMurphy’s aunts. McMurphy clearly did not have enough money to pay for the women, immediately revealing that they must in some way have a relationship, in this case a friendship. Despite their friendship McMurphy still uses Candy, in particular for Billy Bibbit. Regardless of his use of Candy he still upholds trust and value within her, he relies on her for the fishing trip to go ahead and he values their untraditional friendship and holds it in high

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