One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest

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The Wolf Ate the Rabbit From reading the book “One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest,” I feel like the Big Nurse won the battle at the end. Through many fights and battles, both the Big Nurse and McMurphy show times of triumph. They both also show times of failure. Because McMurphy was a sane man coming into the ward and eventually became a bit insane, I think the Big Nurse should be considered the winner. 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. This means that he was there until the Big Nurse gave him permission to leave. McMurphy notices that he ward is somewhat dull and boring. He finds the ward to be suitable for no human being, and soon after he arrives, he sets for change. By coming to the hospital, McMurphy brings all his confidence with him. During group therapy meetings, McMurphy does not let the Big Nurse have complete control as she had in the past when he wasn’t there. He disrupts the meetings and infuriates the Big Nurse. McMurphy also convinces the inmates to go against the Big Nurse by watching a blank TV screen, even when she turns off the World Series. One may say that because of this, McMurphy would be the winner, but the things that McMurphy does early in the novel to battle the Big Nurse are selfish and have the intention of being chaotic. What McMurphy doesn’t know is that he is committed. McMurphy starts to conform slightly when he realizes

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