Cuckoos Nest Essay

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Conflicts or battles can be described as a struggle between two or more opposing forces caused by disagreement or dispute. In the novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, the author uses conflict to develop themes. Through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a mute Indian, the novel describes a story of a psychiatric hospital and a new patient by the name of Randle McMurphy and his on-going fight with the sinister Nurse Ratched. When McMurphy enters the ward, many of the patients are confused by his out-going and fun-loving attitude and when he tries to get the patients to start being themselves and breaking them out of their comfort zones, McMurphy has a lot of trouble achieving his goal. When the patients start to follow the ways of McMurphy, they start to recognize that he is an excellent guide in attaining individuality. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest reveals that a true leader empowers his followers and gives them strength, rather than taking that strength away. During most of the group therapy sessions, the patients have a small window of time to express their feelings or reveal something that has been on their mind constantly. One session in specific, McMurphy proposes and idea to watch TV in the afternoon and do the cleaning chores in the night because the World Series is on and he wants to watch it. Nurse Ratched, surprisingly, agrees to the suggestion but wants to hold a vote on who wants to change the schedule so the patients can watch the World Series. As soon as the vote begins, hands start flying up and McMurphy is ecstatic. “…Off down the slope I see them, other hands coming up out of the fog. Its like…that big red hand of McMurphy is reaching into the fog and dropping down and dragging the men up by their hands” (Kesey 121). Nurse Ratched counts 20 votes by the acutes and the men are content with their decisions. Nurse Ratched, being

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