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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Character Analysis Nurse Ratched The infamous Nurse Ratched the patients evil overlord and McMurphys archrival Big Nurse as described by Chief is compared to enamel branded a ball-cutter buzzard and bitch and feared so much that not a single patient has the courage to stand against her This is until McMurphy appears Nurse Ratched could quite easily be described in two words sadistic Megalomaniac She not only has the sub-conscious urge to control the patients in her ward but also takes pleasure in doing so Her character could represent an ultimate evil a manipulative cunning entity that can cut the qualities of a person down and drive them to self-despise She is also interpreted as invincible an unbeatable antagonist with no emotions or ones for other human beings for that matter Ratched quite closely resembles the words wretched and hatchet two of which she could be compared to In many ways she is a hatchet hewing the patients down at the knees through emotional damage She does this mostly through the group meetings where furtively she brings up personal issues about the patients and discusses them knowing perfectly well that they will degrade and upset the patient However through this astute process she manages to gain back-up from the other patients so they join in on the attack When this occurs McMurphy describes the men as chickens ganging up and pecking at the scent of blood There are a few reasons the other patients may do this One is by the old saying Cant beat them join them where the patients help Big Nurse in hope to receive her liking Another is that the patients attack the exposed so that attention would not be drawn to them and that they themselves would not be attacked Nurse Ratched disdains men in general and this is deliberated through when she says at the staff meeting about
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