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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey is about patients and doctors in a mental institution The author talks a lot about what goes on in this institute The main points in the novel deal with control be it McMurphy who is unable to handle control or Nurse Ratched the head nurse on the ward whose job requires her to be in control The world of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is dark it is a place where control leads to destruction but the novel shows through the character of the Chief that there is still hope if the people who are being controlled have the power to resist Nurse Ratched is a mean woman whose job revolves around control She depends on people who are less fortunate than her to make a living Her need to control others is an unfortunate trait that she has because it makes people unable to think for themselves and it also leads to destruction One example of this is when Nurse Ratched caught one of the patients Billy Bibbet with a woman The nurse feeling the need to control Billy threatened to tell his mother Billy begged Nurse Ratched not to tell her but when his requests were refused Billy slashed his neck with a broken bottle and killed himself Billys life was destroyed because of Nurse Ratcheds need to control others Nurse Ratched has control over everyone and everything in the ward From the time the patients medication is taken to bathroom breaks etc This overpowering control favored by the patients but of course not by choice This all the patients know they figure this immense control to be right Yes Nurse Ratchet1 Is echoed throughout the ward The Nurse uses the patients ignorance to her advantage and exploits it Another place that we see the dark world is when we examine the relationship between Nurse Ratched and Randall Patrick McMurphy McMurphy is
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