On the surface, it is a story about the oppression endured by patients in the ward and a man, McMurphy, who seeks to change everything. However, the careful psychological development of each character helps to create the story’s complexity and richness. This character development also helps to convey Kesey’s idea that we should not lose our sense of individuality and freedom in the face of oppression. This idea represents the entire theme of the story. Like many women in the story, Nurse Ratchet is portrayed as a terrifying character who aims to threaten and manipulate others.
McMurphy represents freedom in a society controlled by fear and repression as he is the one who tries to fight the one who put fear in the patients, Nurse Ratched. His attempts are heroic as the rest fear her and the electro shock therapy The conclusion of the novel sees the legacy of McMurphy is the complete of the Nurse’s authority and the liberation of the other men. In the battle between the McMurphy and Nurse Ratched, it is ultimately Nurse
The film centers on Randle Patrick McMurphy, a criminal serving a prison term on a work farm. He is transferred to a mental institution due to his apparently deranged behaviour. In fact, McMurphy just feigns being mentally ill in the belief that he'll then be able to serve out the rest of his sentence in relative comfort and ease. His ward in the mental institution is run by a calm but unfeeling tyrant, Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). The other patients, most of whom are there voluntarily, are cowed into submission by her.
The Charater of Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Chief Bromden, a tall American-Indian mute is the central character that symbolizes the change throughout the text and also throughout society. Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest uses this character that is subject to change as the narrator event though his perceptions cannot be fully trusted. Initially the ward is run as if it was a prison ward, but from the moment the brawling, gambling McMurphy sets foot on the ward it is identified that he is going to cause havoc and provide change for the patients. McMurphy becomes a leader, a Christ like figure and the other patients are his disciples. The person who is objective to listen to his teachings at first is Chief Bromden (often called Bromden), but then he realizes that he is there to save them and joins McMurphy and the Acutes (meaning that they have possibility for rehabilitation and release) in the protest against Nurse Ratched, a bureaucratic woman who is the protagonist of the story, and the `Combine' (or society).
Danforth shows Salem his authority by wrongly convicting citizens, controlling the court, and enforcing society’s laws. In the play The Crucible, Danforth is considered to be a minor character due to his help in the exposer of the main characters personalities throughout the court room. Also, he is very straight forward and has a static character, which matches his composure due to his belief of being aided by God himself within the court. Some may consider the conflict to be external conflict, or man verses supernatural conflict, in the story because it displays the conflict between the citizens and the Devil, but there is evidence that suggests otherwise. Danforth is a very ethical man, and believes he is very truthful and only convicts those who have done wrong.
The story, narrated by the gigantic but docile half-Native American inmate "Chief" Bromden, focuses on the antics of the rebellious Randle Patrick McMurphy, who faked insanity to serve out his prison sentence, for statutory rape, in the hospital. The head administrative nurse, Mildred Ratched, rules the ward with a mailed fist and with little medical oversight. She is assisted by her three black day-shift orderlies, and her assistant doctors. McMurphy constantly antagonizes Nurse Ratched and upsets the routines, leading to constant power struggles between the inmate and the nurse. He runs a card table, captains the ward's basketball team, comments on Nurse Ratched's figure, incites the other patients on the ward to conduct a vote on watching the World Series on television, and organizes a supervised deep sea fishing trip.
Because Nurse Ratched put fear the patients’ heart, they obey her every demand. However, when the new patient McMurphy who comes from a prison work farm to the hospital, the Big Nurse Ratched starts to lose the power she has over the patients. At the end, the conflict between McMurphy and Nurse Ratched, cost McMurphy’s health, his freedom, and, finally, his life. In the novel the obvious differences between two characters mostly shown in their personality, the way threading the people and their sexual view. First of all, Nurse Ratched and McMurphy have totally different personality and different point of view.
Chief begins to realize McMurphy insane ways when he states, “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.” (Pg.212) The Big Nurse is the one with all the power while McMurphy lies on the bed like a vegetable. He is no longer able to fight for himself against the Big Nurse. McMurphy came into the ward a very confident man. He thought that he would break down the nurse and all would be good. But what he didn’t know was that he was committed.
Explore the strengths and weaknesses of Kesey’s use of Chief Bromden as the narrator in the novel. Consider to what extent the Chief’s madness interferes with your understanding of what is actually happening and to what extent his visions symbolically reinforce the themes of the novel. Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a famous and interesting novel about a mental-illness hospital where a newcomer, gambler R.P McMurphy, creates all sorts of trouble at the ward. Furthermore, Kesey uses one of the patients at the ward as the narrator of the story. This character goes by the name of Chief Bromden; a six foot seven American-Indian who everyone else in the ward believes is deaf and dumb.
Nurse Ratchet takes pleasure in being feared by the patients. The patients fear her wrath and punishments, as well as her humiliation tactics. The greatest example of this is Billy Bibbit who is an Acute patient in the ward that stutters and eventually commits suicide due to Nurse Ratchet’s methods of mortification. She thinks very highly of herself, one patient states, “I hope you are finally satisfied, playing with human lives- gambling with human lives- as if you thought yourself to be a god” (266). Nurse Ratchet is finally brought down from her high throne when McMurphy, the new patient, injures her vocal cores from strangling her.