Theme Of Democracy In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried - Winston Churchil. Democracy is not really by the people, there is always someone who actually controls everything. In the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the notorious1 big nurse, Nurse Ratched rules the mental hospital and keeps everyone under her control. Democracy is cynical and in the novel it is developed through the diverse2 events occurred in the hospital. Through an analysis of literary elements and techniques in the acclaimed novel entitled, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey, it is demonstrated that democracy can be cynical and Nurse Ratched uses democracy as a cover for her dictatorship. Classical …show more content…
When all twenty of the acute raised their hand, Nurse Ratched played her democracy card and told him she is counting the chronics too and he needs at least one chronic vote to make the television time change. "You mean to tell...over there too?" (Kesey 140) At the end, Mcmurphy finally succeeds to make twenty one vote by making Chief Bromden raise his hands but Nurse Ratched informs him that the meeting was adjourned thus the voting is closed. "The meeting was closed." (Kesey 142) Literary technique, emotional appeal is implied6 in this scene. Kesey made reader to be enthralled7 by making the wonder about the scene. It was interesting to see what happen after Mcmurphy finally able to get majority vote and the last vote was Chief Bromden's. Although, Nurse Ratched, the sadist8 she is, did not accept the votes just because she already declared the meeting was over. All along she acts judicious9 and makes everyone believe that they can win by democracy where it was not democracy what run the ward it was one and only Nurse Ratched who runs the …show more content…
He realizes that being committed is not like being sentenced. Mcmurphy was prudent10, his wish to fight against the Nurse was diminished11. After that, he acquiesces12 acts normal and obedient to Nurse Ratched so that he does not have to locked up in the hospital for years. Everyone in the hospital finds his behavior enigmatic13. "Not looking like.....to be this way."(Kesey 174) Mcmurphy was the first and only exemplary14 to the acutes and Chief Bromden but they also know that living under this dictatorship of Nurse Ratched is not what Mcmurphy deserves. Theme is the literary element found in the plot where Nurse Ratched is successful to make even Mcmurphy to follow her rule. She has everything efficiently15 set up where she is in charge of everything and if someone does not obey her it will only affect the person. Kesey eventually16 sets up the theme where everything is perfect if it is going according to Nurse Ratched even if there is contempt17 burning inside everyone. Nurse Ratched runs the hospital as per her wish and no one is allowed to speak against her. When men conform to authoritarian rule, the novel argues, they jeopardize not only their physical but also dismays18 their mental freedom. This is not only works for the novel this is the replica19 of every democratic system. The cynicism of democracy is conspicuous20 in the novel, One

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