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Do I look like a sane man Thats the question Randall Patrick McMurphy asks during his first Group Meeting and theres no question that for most readers the answer will be a quick and resounding Yes McMurphys sanity takes the ward by storm none of the patients have met anyone like him except perhaps the Chief who sees in this red-headed Irishman a hint of his Indian fathers humor and bravery Where the other patients are timid and quiet McMurphy is cocky and loud where they are unable to do more than snicker his healthy laughter shakes the walls where they are sexually repressed he is a self-proclaimed and by the evidence genuine champion lover Years of hard living are etched in his face to the hallucination-prone Chief even his hands can transmit power to make the Chiefs own hands larger The title McMurphy claims Bull Goose Looney with its connotations of strength and freedom seems perfectly suited for him Much of Cuckoos Nest is devoted to showing how McMurphy teaches the rest of the patients to be sane What does this sanity consist of Above all it is the ability to laugh both at yourself and at a world that is often ludicrous and cruel Says Chef Bromden He knows you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy He may brag but he never takes himself too seriously When George Sorenson refuses to shake his dirty hand McMurphy doesnt take offense merely jokes Hand how do you suppose that old fellow knew all the evil you been into And he accepts himself Where Harding is embarrassed by his feminine hands McMurphy is at ease with his gentler side- his fine handwriting for example Another mark of the sane man is sexual health for both McMurphy and Kesey see power in sexual terms One of the ways
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