Why, friend, that’s most unlikely.” (Kesey, p.54,55) With this type of thinking throughout the novel, that the patients were misguided with what they lack in their lives. By Miss Ratched’s manipulation. When McMurphy comes in the ward with his bolstering personality and laugh, and it instantly breaks up the monotony of the ward.With the Novel progresses. Then McMurphy challenges the Big Nurse to break her down and get under her skin, give the patients their manhood back. Then the guys they need to go into the world since they are an only volunteer and not committed as he is.
McMurphy Vs. Nurse Ratched In the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nestby Ken Kesey, the author explores a motif of power. The head of the ward, Nurse Ratched, holds a tyrannical rule over all of the patients. She has the authority and possesses the power to control the patients. She controls the patients through fear, the schedule of the ward,and medical technology. One of the patients, McMurphy, does not conform to the way Nurse Ratched is running the ward and decides to challenge her authority.
Nurse Ratched is an ex army nurse who wants things her way and if they aren’t she will do whatever she can to get them to, her power is challenged by McMurphy when he arrives on the ward; she is used to dealing with and controlling very insecure and submissive men and isn’t used to someone of McMurphy’s character. It is amusing to see the banter fly back and forth between her and Mack, watching as he attempts to overthrow her regime and make her loose control, he achieves this on several occasions but sadly in the end her power overcomes his own; It is surmise able that she herself looses in the end due to the fact that most of her patients decide to leave, Chief Broom escapes and Billy Bibbit kills himself due to her directly threatening him to such a point that he takes his own life. Mrs Bibbit may well deserve to be in an institution similar to her son and it is perfectly obvious to many if not all that there is nothing wrong with Billy himself other than a perfectly acceptable stutter. His mother belittles him to such an extent that his mind does not work in the same way as an adult. Chief remembers seeing him in the past with his head laid in her lap in much the same way as an infant or
The Feminist theory points out that how Florence Nightingale wrote about her views on women’s rights, and the effort to have self-development (2011). The Feminist theory may help nurses understand how far women have struggled to be self-efficient and to provide understanding of accepting all nurses who demonstrate great knowledge and those that do not. Use of the Concept A review of the literature, was educational and a revelation. The search was short, however, intense. The concept of horizontal violence is so wide spread within the nursing profession, it is hard to understand how a nurse, who is a caregiver, who is highly educated can treat another nurse so profoundly.
Sometimes other nurses start beginning to create problems between each other by saying that they are not moving fast enough or that they are lazy. I had an elderly patient at a nursing home clinical site scratch my chest because we were trying to help her change into her clothes. The patient was angry and she was trying to hit and scratch everyone in sight. We tried to talk to her calmly and diffuse her unknown anger towards us. The patient eventually calmed down but then had to be put in wrist restraints for the violent behavior.
In part one of the novel, he explains that the ward is “for fixing up mistakes in the neighborhoods…” As much as this is correct, it is still a weird way to look at the mental hospital. Another part of the book that shows that the ward has molded their minds to thin differently and slowly become insane is when McMurphy challenges the other patients to stand up for themselves with Nurse Ratchet, after the first group meeting in part one. It explains that the patients are “Even scared to open up and laugh.” While he explains that the patients need to laugh more he says “When you lose your laugh you lose your footing.” This
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.
Ratched has complete control over every aspect of the ward, as well as almost complete control over her own emotions. In the first few pages we see her show her “hideous self” to Bromden and the aides, only to regain her doll-like composure before any of the patients catch a glimpse. Her ability to present a false self suggests that the mechanistic and oppressive forces in society gain ascendance through the dishonesty of the powerful. Without being aware of the oppression, the quiet and docile slowly become weakened and gradually are subsumed. Nurse Ratched does possess a nonmechanical and undeniably human feature in her large bosom, which she conceals as best she can beneath a heavily starched
McMurphy was portrayed as a heroic individual that sacrificed themselves for others. He, in the end, set the patients free during a long battle with the head Nurse. Nurse Ratched, who was a former Army nurse, was isolated because she always wanted a constant desire of control over everybody in the ward. She stayed inside her Nurse’s station, and always wanted to have power over all the patients, which caused the affect of war upon her. She wanted to be the head of everything, and no one was to be stricter than her.