In order to express her feminist ideas, Atwood uses criticisms of Offred and Janine’s complacency juxtaposed with positive feminist role models like Moira. When Offred has the affair with the commander, she is helping to sate the loneliness and desires of a man who is part of her oppression. She is therefore partly responsible for her oppression because she is helping her oppressor. As Barbara Ehrenriech¹ said, Offred’s character ‘has sunk too far into the...household she serves’. Although this can be seen as a failure of Atwood to create a strong feminist character, it seems to be more intended as an anti-role model, making Offred’s complicity obviously undesirable.
Though I believe this power quest is best shown through Nurse Ratchet’s power over the patients in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. Ken Kesey begins his novel by showing the protagonist Randle McMurphy arriving at an Oregon mental institution in a police car, this shows that McMurphy is already suppressed and most likely not enjoying it. McMurphy was sentenced to the mental institution after getting in trouble with the law and at the prison. While at the institution McMurphy is monitored by nurses both male and female. The head nurse, Nurse Ratchet, is the main antagonist and the person most interested in attaining power.
In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ratched was the mean and threatening nurse who would tell her insane patients that they would electroshock therapy if they didn’t obey or if they were misbehaving. In Ten Days in a Mad House the nurses would tease
Helene Cioux: The Laugh of the Medusa The Laugh of the Medusa is about how women shouldn’t be afraid to express themselves through literature. The article is written from a feminist’s point of view. According to the article, women are afraid to write in a world that is controlled by men. I chose a paragraph from the article to summarize: “Men have committed the greatest crime against women. Insidiously, violently, they have led them to hate women, to be their own enemies, to mobilize their immense strength against themselves, to be the executants of their virile needs.
In the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, written by Ken Kesey, takes a place in a mental hospital. The narrator of the novel is Chief Bromden, the patients and institution staff assume that he is deaf and dumb. The patients in a mental hospital were controlled by Nurse Ratched who known as a Big Nurse. She is a cold and precise woman, and she is a head of the ward. Because Nurse Ratched put fear the patients’ heart, they obey her every demand.
All the pent-up sexual frustration and emotion is then used to encourage hatred for the Party’s political enemies through ferocious displays of antagonism. The Party even brainwashes the citizens into believing that the purpose of marriage is to
Underneath the Insanity “What goes beyond is what you see beyond what you know”, a famous quote by American author and journalist Earnest Hemingway delineates the hidden aspects of the novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. This novel takes place in the mind of a disturbed and paranoid Native American known as Chief Bromden who resides in a mental hospital along with several other characters. He is a giant man physically but a weak and coward person mentally. Bromden undergoes a path towards sanity throughout the novel. The almighty power in charge of these patients is known as Nurse Ratched who is the oppressive and strict figure who represents modern day society.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS MONOGAMY The article ‘Monogamy’ discusses the conflicting ideas of the practices of monogamy and polygamy and their believed effects on the quality of life of their committers. The author directs that people now believe, more so the polygamists, that the idea of monogamy lacks lustre and the excitement they think is crucial to sexual relations and that it is incapable of providing fulfilment. She proclaims that despite the greater incidence of social and health consequences in the lifestyle of polygamists, monogamy remains condemned. The voice the author employs throughout her writing and the use of contrast writing indicates clearly that she is supportive of monogamy and aims to inform the reader as to why she believes monogamy promotes a healthy lifestyle as opposed to polygamy. Although she presents valid evidence to support her point, she maintains a biased tone throughout the article.
It is with this mentality that we reflect on Ken Kesey’s wonderful novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. A grim satire set amongst the patients and workers in a mental institution, Kesey’s narrative recounts the story of an unpredictable con man that pursues institutionalization as a method of breaking out from the sternness of a prison work farm. Before long, in order to lessen the sexual and emotional feebleness of the men at the institution, he begins to taunt the autocratic Nurse Ratched, irrevocably changing the future of those in the ward. “As he [Jesus] landed he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a Shepherd.”(Mark 6:34) McMurphy’s entrance onto the ward is much like that of Jesus. Much like Son of God himself, McMurphy saw the people on the psychiatric ward as metaphorical sheep, leaderless and subject to the cunning fox, in the form of Nurse Ratched.