One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest Comparison Paper

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An Organized Dictator In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, the reader dives into a story about life within the walls of confinement of a mental ward. According to the Kansas City Star, “You feel this book along your spine.” This novel is influenced by Kesey’s outrageous life experiences; the two most influential being his voluntarily participation in an experiment with psychoactive drugs, like LSD, cocaine, mescaline, AMT, among others, and his work at Menlo Park Veteran’s Hospital. These experiences inspired him to write this novel that was published in 1962. The novel takes place in a mental hospital in Oregon and tells the story of a head nurse named Miss Ratchet that tries to run her ward like an organized dictatorship where her authority is supreme. Miss Ratchet is the main antagonist in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She is a power hungry tyrant that cold-heartedly runs the mental ward at the Salem, Oregon State Hospital. As the head administrative nurse, she exercises her power over the staff and the patients. She not only is controlling by telling others what to do, but she also enjoys punishing those that disobey or anger her. 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. This impairs her speech and brings

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