One Flew over Cuckoos Nest

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest could be the story for any number of groups of people or person that sought to serve a purpose or achieve a goal in the sixties. This story is an anti-institutional counterculture type of a celebration of a rebellion or non-conformity against the “establishment”. The “establishment”, “government” or “the man” are all seemingly repressive “machines” to those affected by its rationale, as we find out in the novel sometimes the name is not quite so common and can be referred to as the “combine” as addressed by Chief Bromden the narrator of the story. This novel’s concepts parallel some of the social problems that were present in the sixties those being that of the relationship between institutional authority and the individual and/or subjected group’s desire for issues to be heard and their self-determination. I think this story raises crucial questions about power and control, about how groups, governments or “combines” establish and maintain the particular kind of order that they feel is necessary to their survival or control and about the ways in which the "controlled" resist that control. Throughout time great leaders have taken the same basic approach to change as Randal McMurphy did in the mental ward, they challenged the status quo sparking inspiration and eventually change. If Martin Luther King Jr. had not challenged the status quo where might the equal rights movement be today? The sit in’s at Woolworths? Freedom Rider’s? Rosa Parks? All challenged the status quo and inspired others to do so as well. My first favorite “scene” from the book is what I will call the World Series’ scene where in an effort to motivate the “acute’s” into going against or fighting with Nurse Ratched, after some debate as to what should be thrown McMurphy purposefully loses a bet that he can throw an old piece of a
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