Essay on The 's References Of Christ

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Kesey’s references to Christ seem more blatant as McMurphy’s actions start to become similar to the actions of Christ. Chief Bromden, the narrator of Kesey’s novel, is enrolled in the hospital as deaf and dumb. In his whole tenure at the psychiatric ward, the chief did not say one word, and the nurses and patients did not think twice about the possibility of him ever speaking. At first, McMurphy tries to converse with the majestic Indian, but to no avail. One of the patients, Billy Bibbit, advises McMurphy with a stutter that Bromden is “de-de-deef and dumb” (Kesey, 24) and that attempting to speak with him is useless. However, McMurphy can see right through the chief’s act and is not “fooled for one minute” (Kesey, 24). McMurphy, who also has to fake his mental illness, realizes something that nobody ever would have thought; Bromden has been faking deaf and dumb the whole time. After various attempts and fails, McMurphy finally gains the trust of Chief Bromden, and manipulates him into finally speaking. This is seen as a great miracle throughout the hospital, due to the fact that nobody before McMurphy has ever provoked the chief to speak. Kesey describes in depth this specific miracle to make the connection to the original miracle-maker, Christ. Similar miracles can be found throughout the Bible, including the curing of a deaf and mute man, as Christ simply touched the man’s ear and tongue, and suddenly “the man 's ears were opened, his tongue was loosened, and he began…

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