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The character of Randall P McMurphy in Ken Keseys acclaimed film One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest displays characteristics that are commonly associated with being both a psychopath and a saviour The film is set in an American mental institution in the early 1960s which means that the attitudes of the staff and community in general towards mental illness were a lot different to that of the twenty-first century McMurphys persona seemed to be constantly changing throughout the film to fit each situation whether he was being a madman towards his superiors or being the nice guy to his fellow inmates McMurphy always tried to know what to do Mac as the inmates knew him developed into a man who was on the good side of evil slightly eccentric and mischievous but underneath a warm loveable gentleman who would break an arm and a leg to help his friends It is for this reason that the character of Randall P McMurphy is comparative to Jesus Christ - he empowered and cured others to the dissatisfaction of his superiors The argument for that of saviour is a very positive one with Randall showing many times that he is indeed a saviour There was one main character in the film Chief whom Randall formed a special bond with In a way Randall actually saved Chief from a desolate life in the asylum When Randall first arrived at the asylum Chief was a deaf mute Indian and none of the other inmates talked to him or cared enough about him to involve him in anything Their relationship started with Randall cracking wise guy jokes around him but after an afternoon game of basketball they formed a closer bond This game really set up Randalls character as a larrikin who cared There were another three scenes where Randalls relationship with Chief was prominent the second vote regarding the World Series Baseball when Randall convinced Chief to vote after
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