Essay on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

The novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest was written by Ken Kesey. The novel takes place in a mental institute. McMurphy is a man who tries to escape a work farm (prison) by saying he is not "straight in the head". McMurphy is sent to this mental institute to be examined. Here, McMurphy is the hero who sacrifice himself in order to teach others, the patients, to take control of there own lives. McMurphy is the good guy and Miss Ratched(or Big Nurse) is the bad guy. McMurphy influences the people of the ward to stick up for themselves. He does this by bringing women into their lives, and showing them how to be men and to act with confidence by sticking up for themselves. The movie
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He also understands that everyone is scared of the Big Nurse. After he finds out the Big Nurse is in charge, he makes a bet for money, with the other patients that he can "flip her lid". The very next morning McMurphy wakes up before everyone else and takes a shower when he's not supposed to. He's wearing black boxer shorts with white whales. Big Nurse shows up at the shower and is furious with McMurphy because he was not wearing an appropriate uniform and didn't adhere to the shower schedule. Everyone else was sleeping and didn't see the whole show. During the remainder of the week, McMurphy continues to act as a clown and often causes trouble to irritate the Big Nurse who does a good job to contain herself. Toward the end of the week during a meeting, a vote was proposed by McMurphy to change the TV schedule so the crazy people can watch the World Series. The vote was 20 for and 20 against, so the Big Nurse denied the vote which made McMurphy furious. He responded by sitting in front of the TV and announcing the game to a blank screen instead of doing his daily assigned chores. All the patients on the floor then joined into the (blank screen) game and started cheering and yelling. This behavior was too much for the Big Nurse to handle. She started to yell at all of the patients, and in fact McMurphy won the bet. This incident established McMurphy as a leader. He won more than 5 dollars, he won the respect and loyalty of the patients. To try

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