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One flew east one flew west one flew over the cuckoos nest It is from this childrens rhyme that Ken Kesey based the title of his book One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Set in a 1960s mental hospital One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest focuses on the battle between the fun loving but rebellious Randle Patrick McMurphy and the head nurse Miss Ratched McMurphys disciples are the weak patients in the mental ward Among them is Dale Harding who protects himself with his intelligence Billy Bibbit a stuttering mamas boy and Charles Chesswick nervous but the most open The narrator of the story Chief Bromden is also a patient Using shame and fear Nurse Ratched strips these men and the other patients of their courage and manipulates them into doing whatever she wants Seeing this McMurphy begins standing up to the Big Nurse to prove to the patients that she shouldnt be controlling them Although McMurphys sacrifices begin mainly for himself they change as he realizes that the others depend on him and look up to him for leadership When the battle ends McMurphy has lost his life but has gained his salvation and the salvation of the other patients In doing this Randle Patrick McMurphy emerges as a Christ figure One example of this comes during the re-vote on the World Series game Big Nurse allows it in the first place because shes confident that the patients wont have the guts to raise their hands in favor of the game When the voting begins the first hand raised is McMurphys Then down the line other hands slowly rise like that big red hand of McMurphys is reaching into the fog and dropping down and dragging the men up by their hands dragging them blinking out into the open dragging them out of the fog until they stand all twenty of them raising not just for watching TV but against
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