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Peoples ability to use power to control and manipulate situations and people is a skill not many people have Unfortunately this skill can lead to conflict as it did in Ken Keselys novel One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest when McMurphy and Nurse Ratched meet each other McMurphy has been after Nurse Ratcheds power right from the beginning After the first group meeting he pointed out that the meeting was like a pecking party The Nurse starts it with pointing out something wrong with someone and then the men join in with their criticism Her book was the same idea The men would listen to each other and when one said something that they shouldnt have they write it down so it can be brought up for therapeutic reasons but when McMurphy came all that changed That made the nurse furious that was her way of keeping perfect control and power over the patients McMurphy had complete power over the patients from when he first came in Nobody like him had ever been in the ward before He came in singing and laughing something that no one had heard in a long time He walked around the room shaking hands introducing himself to everyone even the chronics He taught the acutes how to play cards and he taught them to gamble His very first bet though was that he could get the best of nurse Ratched within the week and he did She wasnt going to back down though To try and stop all the gambling going on she rationed the cigarettes so they no longer had anything to bet but that never stopped them they used money instead The patients admired McMurphy because no one had ever stood up to her before and he would do things for them such as arranging basketball games He was also the one who enabled the patients to
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