One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Psychological Analysis Essay

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a movie focused on the aspects of mental institutions and what goes on there. The main character, Mac McMurphy, is a patient until they determine his sanity. Unfortunately, like in many other hospitals, this institution is corrupted in the way that persuades the patients that they are unable to function outside of the hospital. They are also told that any disruptive behavior represents illness, and those who are ill get treated with electroshock therapy. The patients are controlled by an underlying, unspoken fear to disobey, which is illustrated in many forms throughout the hospital. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the ward is run by a couple of guards, Nurse Pilbow, and Nurse Ratchet. From the beginning …show more content…
Nurse Ratchet keeps these men mute unless they’re saying what she wants. They almost do not have a voice when it comes to group therapy. Another example would be the uniforms the patients are required to wear. McMurphy slowly begins wearing a uniform over time. This could symbolize his Depersonalization in the hospital. When he first arrives, he is wearing is own clothes, he is his own person, but over time, he becomes more and more of the hospital’s, which is why he begins wearing more of the issued uniform. His rebellion from the hospital is still evident, however, by the way he wears his own t shirt under the hospitals uniform. At the end of the movie, when he gets electroshock therapy, he walks in wearing the complete hospital outfit. This symbolizes his loss of personality due to the …show more content…
The doctors treat the patients as a collective group, to be medicated and sent on their way. Often times they will skim over the patient’s problems, rather than getting to the root of the issue. Status hierarchy, Depersonalization, Adjustment, and Institutionalization are all real issues in the medical field. This movie uses humor and sometimes shocking scenes to provide a perspective into total

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