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Ken Kesey the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest portrays a lot of powerless people in the face of society in his novel I will be writing about on a couple but mainly focusing on William Billy Bibbit Who was Billy Bibbit Billy was thirty-one year old man who was psychologically an adolescent Ken Kesey demonstrates Billys powerlessness in a couple of places in the text which will explain the major things that lead to Billy feeling powerless in the face of society by the other patients by Nurse Ratched and his mother Also the feeling of powerlessness leading to the extent of self-inflicted harm fear humiliation and even death If we had the g-guts I could go outside today if I had the guts My m-m-mother is a good friend of M-Miss Ratched and I could get an AMA signed this afternoon if I had the guts One of the main key points Kesey is trying to show is that most of Billys powerlessness comes from the extent of his fear He is at that point shouting at Mc Murphy explaining to him that because he didnt have the guts that is why he is committed into the mental hospital as a voluntary patient You think I wuh-wuh-want to stay in here You think I wouldnt like a con-convertible and a guh-guh-girl friend But did you ever have people l-l-laughing at you No because youre so b-big and tough Well Im not big and tough Here is Billy Bibbits confession It is obvious here that the reason for Billys powerlessness in the face of society is because of his stutter How he thinks of other peoples reaction to him and his speaking disability how he thinks they would judge him The fear of them not accepting him as to who he is leades to him feeling that loss of power Also it could be the reason that
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