One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest- Ken Keseys Characterization Of Women
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest does not seem to intentionally degrade women. Although Kesey may not have, there is a shadow of doubt in how he illustrates it. The Nurse’s name itself symbolizes this. A Ratched is perceived to sound like …show more content…
Another figure of female dominance is Billy Bibbit’s mother. She visualizes Billy, at 31 years old; still to be an adolescent probably because of his stuttering. She has controlled him all his life, and because of that, does not trust him as an adult. He is then committed to this asylum so his mom doesn’t have to take care of him, but is then treated the same way by Nurse Ratched. As he defies Big Nurse, by loosing his virginity and becoming a man, she finds his weakness. Disgracing him with the risk of telling his mom, he kills himself from the humiliation of not being a man.
Dale Harding is another victim fallen prey to supremacy. His wife has controlled him and he has become self indulged in an unmanly state. He is weak and feeble and unable to control it. Although appearing as one of the strongest patients beside McMurphy, he endures countless attacks about his wife from Ms. Ratched, during group therapy. This lowers his morale, but he follows McMurphy on his way to being cured. He soon demonstrates control, by waiting for his wife to sign him out, instead of abiding by