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The man known across time for his perfection Jesus Christ lives yet again in the heart of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey Being the son of God he was born to help lead the people of his fathers earth to a more peaceful life But how does his powerful legacy live on in a novel written about the lives of inmates in an insane asylum Through the life of a rugged gambling red-headed man committed after being sent to a work farm Kesey 16-18 Randle McMurphy better known as Mac takes on this huge duty of being in His shadow unknowingly once he sets foot on the hospital ward In a close analysis of the novel it becomes apparent how closely tied the symbols associated with Christ are with the character of McMurphy These symbols were very important in the book in showing how McMurphy aids the people of the ward as Christ would do similarly But a common question posed by the readers gone to movie-watchers is why do the directors omit some of the key scenes when changing a book to a movie The most subtle of the ties to Christianity the hands appears most often in the novel The hands symbolize how their touch has healing and enlightening powers During McMurphys introduction to the ward he shakes everybodys hand including Chiefs and Chief felt that his hand commenced to feel peculiar and went to swelling up out there on my stick of an arm like he was transmitting his own blood into it Kesey 27 In comparison with the Bible it states that whenever Jesus performed a miracle he touched his subject and used his hands to heal just the same way Mac helped Chiefs soul With the way that director Czech Milos Forman set up the movie without Chief being the narrarator it would be nearly impossible to show how important the touch of the hand was
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