Analysing Billy Bibbit

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Billy “The Baby” Bibbit: A Prime Example of Lost Potential What are you most afraid of in this world? For the character Billy Bibbit, in Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, he is terrified of living on the outside world on his own; Billy is at least 30 years old. Most people would absolutely hate to live in a mental institution but for Billy it is the safest place, in his mind. Why would he want to stay in such an awful place? Billy Bibbit is undervalued in this novel because he is a perfect example of how some patients need the mental institution and are not ready for the outside world. Billy Bibbit is an extremely shy patient and has a terrible stutter whenever he talks to people. Billy’s mother did everything she could do to make Billy dependant on her and not let him grow up like a normal man should. His mother is close friends with Nurse Ratchet so she is constantly up to date on Billy and what he is doing. Before McMurphy got to the ward, Billy would act in a very adolescent fashion and he would also cut or burn himself. “He looks at Billy with one eye, and Billy nods his head up and down real fast: Billy’s tickled with all the attention he’s getting” (21). Billy would look upon McMurphy as a Christ like figure by the end of the novel and it could be because of that reason that he commits suicide because he wanted to give penance for betraying McMurphy. Do you think that if Billy could live a normal life outside of the ward he would? If McMurphy did not understand why the patients have voluntarily stayed on the ward before Billy committed suicide then he surely must have after. Billy just simply was not ready to live anywhere else but on the ward or with his mother but I would not say it was his fault that he is like that. Billy’s mother raised him in such a way that he became deeply dependant on her even after Billy turned
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