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Striving to reach utopia our society attempts to conform and tries to make all people equal If one is not as equal as the other he is mad or has a problem As Ralph Waldo Emerson states Sanity is very rare every man almost and every woman has a dash of madness As much as society tries to get people to conform the institution of society must be adapted to accept the fact that there is not a person who is labeled sane There is no formula for a sane man In Ken Keseys novel One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest a small ward of a small hospital in Oregon is the ironic setting symbolizing the foibles of the large American society Having a degree of madness the leader in society has certain quirks not unlike the common man The Big Nurse Ratched asserts her dominance as the leader in the ward in Keseys novel The nurses name sounds similar to a ratchet a tool used to fasten bolts turning only in one direction She has a madness about her a compulsive need for everything to run smoothly for the bolts to all come into place without resistance She is a machine and wants everything to work like one The slightest thing messy or out kilter or in the way ties her into a little white knot of tight-smiled fury The narrator Chief Bromden says A mistake was made somehow in manufacturing putting those big womanly breasts on what would have otherwise been a perfect work and you can see how she is bitter about it The nurse has a defect as does everyone from the great manufacturer she is a perfectionist and is insecure about her womanliness Checking into the ward the patients exhibit madness on face value Of course the stereotype of a mad man would be one who resides in a mental institution The ward is an institution for the
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