One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest Analysis

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Journal Categories: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Situation and Content Part I of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is narrated by Chief Bromden, an Acute patient in a psychiatric ward, which is the primary setting of his story. The chief's own story is revealed as he tells the story of the ward at large. Throughout Part I, Chief Bromden pretends to to be deaf and dumb to avoid confrontation. Although the chief may not be a reputable narrator due to his mental disorder, his disorders serve a literary purpose and he is privy to knowledge in which is kept from other patients. For example, I found that his hallucinations are often symbolic to his state of mind or the suppression of the patients as a whole. R.P. McMurphy is introduced to the ward in Part I. From Chief Bromden's point of view he is a boisterous man with ornery disposition and swagger, disturbing the monotony of the ward. The main focus of Part I is McMurphy's rebellious and ornery ways. McMurphy makes a bet with the other acute patients that he can make the cruel and strict Nurse Ratched express her wrath within a week. McMurphy's insubordinate behavior and actions earns him electroshock therapy; however, he resists the effects of it and continues to lead the patients of the ward into mischief. Meaning of Words or Phrases "One flew east, one flew west, one flew over the cuckoo’s nest . . . goose swoops down and plucks you out." This is a children's song chanted by Chief Bromden's grandmother. This quote symbolizes how McMurphy led the patients in the psychiatric ward and, for lack of better words, was the patients' role model. He encouraged rebellion when he was denied the privilege to watch the World Series and protested the daily schedule, he took the Acute patients fishing on a stolen boat, while claiming to be a doctor, and he invited prostitutes into the ward after hours in
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