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The major character in One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest is RP Mc Murphy The story is set in a mental hospital and there are a number of minor characters who are the acute patients in the ward It is the interaction of Mc Murphy with minor characters which cause to change and gives the reader an understanding of Mc Murphys character At the beginning of the novel Mc Murphy arrives in the ward he has been convicted of violence and sentenced to a prison work farm He manipulated the situation there so he can get himself committed and thus a better life Mc Murphy is a redheaded loudmouthed swaggering cowboy who says I am a gambling man with a zest for woman and cards The idea of setting up gambling groups with the other men was for the purpose of getting their money which makes him a self-centered sane powerful greedy and self-serving at the beginning At the end of the novel he is a helpless vegetable having sacrificed himself for the benefit of all the patients He turned out to be a leader liberal generous and self-sacrificing An important minor character is Chief Bromden because he is the narrator it is his development narration and perception of the situation that reveals Mc Murphys character Bromdens perceptions in the novel makes it clear to the reader how he has grown and gained confidence through out the novel It doesnt seem like I have ever been me How can Mc Murphy be what he is This quote shows how Chief Bromden is experiencing and reacting to the thought that Mc Murphy has the ability to express his real self rather than hiding it Bromden pretends to be deaf and dumb but then his character builds up with the help of Mc Murphy who asserts his individuality and making him assume the leadership role in the end Mc Murphys first encounter with the therapeutic
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