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The Father McMurphy and the Holy Ghost When Randle Patrick McMurphy first enters the insane ward in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest it is the state-committed McMurphy who enters with his sanity and the current self-committed patients who are without it But by the end of the novel McMurphy teaches the men of Nurse Ratcheds ward to escape the fog that surrounds them McMurphy is like Christ in that he heals the men and awakens them by showing them the wonders of life and giving them a chance to truly live but in doing so he brings upon his own downfall and in that way becomes a martyr McMurphy first helps the men become themselves when he takes them on the fishing trip The twelve of them an obvious reference to the Bible that is Jesus with twelve followers a few of whom were fishermen head out on a journey that even though they may not know it will change them McMurphy like Christ shows the men how to be better people in subtle ways He allows them to be the strong ones When they realize that there is a lifejacket shortage the men must make a decision as to who will go without one In the end Bill Bibbit Harding and George go without jackets but everybody was even more surprised states the narrator Chief Bromden that McMurphy hadnt insisted that he be one of the heroes all during the fuss hed stood with back against the cabin bracing against the pitch of the boat and watched the guys without saying a word Just grinning and watching 214 In this instance McMurphy is giving the other men a chance to prove themselves He has allowed them to learn what it is like to be the brave one and no longer the quivering child in mother Ratcheds command The men return from their trip changed They are now worthy of respect and have
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