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A hero is considered to be any man noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose especially one who has risked or sacrificed his life This describes one of the main characters in the highly acclaimed novel One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey Randle McMurphy is the hero of this novel because he stood firmly against oppressive powers showing courage and ultimately paying with his life There were no heroes on the psychiatric ward before McMurphys arrival Nurse Ratched wielded supreme power No single patient had the ability to stand against the injustices to which they were subjected McMurphy united these patients He gave them collective courage and a sense that they could resist their persecutor For example Harding states No ones ever dared to come out and say it before but theres not a man among us that doesnt think it That doesnt feel just as you do about her and the whole business-feel it somewhere down deep in his scared little soul Not o nly did McMurphy unite his friends the patients but he understood the enemy the staff He recognized the ultimate authority and oppressive power of those in charge of the psychiatric ward He also knew that to resist them would put himself at great personnel risk McMurphy however took the risk and defended his fellow patients For example McMurphy says to the black boy who is harassing George I said thats enough buddy McMurphy knew this confrontation would have harsh consequences but he took the chance In fact McMurphy took one too many chances This heros end comes when he lashes out at nurse Ratched blaming her for the death of Billy Bibbit McMurphy demonstrated his feeling for Billy by his emotional reaction to his death First Charles Cheswick and now William Bibbit I hope youre finally satisfied Playing with human lives-gambling with human lives-as if you thought yourself to be God This outburst results in
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