Fear in One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest How do people respond to fear? In the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey there is an accurate display of fear. Many people handle their fears differently, depending on what the situation is. There is no way to accurately display how one deals with fear. Responding to fear is an innate response when something/someone gets ones adrenaline pumping. Emotions run through a person causing them to react in different ways. The people in this novel aren’t exactly different but not in the same mental state as most sane people. They reside in a mental ward and nobody knows what is going on in their head but them. It can be easily inferred that without a sane mind, one can respond to fear differently or the same as a person with a sane mine. McMurphy is the main character in this book. He is portrayed as someone who strives to get what he wants. The chief, who is the narrator in this book, makes McMurphy seem like a narcissistic, selfish imbecile. When he came to the ward they were having second thoughts about him being mentally ill. He came from a work camp; which they assumed he just didn’t want to do the work. Everyone has fears but McMurphy clearly deals with them in a different way. When he takes all of his ward mates onto the boat to go fishing they’re having troubles with getting the fish onto the boat. They’re all yelling for McMurphy’s help but all he can do is sit there and laugh. The chief goes on to say, “Because he knows you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy…he won’t let the plain blot out the humor no more’n he’ll let the humor blot out the pain…” This quote stood out to me the most because it portrays the feelings McMurphy has. It shows that he truly understands how to get through the little things that bother him in
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