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An Analysis of the Depiction of Rebellion in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey, "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury, and "The Matrix"
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The nature of rebellion is explored differently between numerous texts as the storylines characters and themes differ In the texts One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Fahrenheit 451 and The Matrix the nature of rebellion varies from within a mental institution to against an entire fascist regime to against an entire simulated society built up by machines The purpose for rebellion also differs between the texts Freedom is the main motive for rebellion in all three texts ranging from escaping the bounds of a strict mental hospital in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest to breaking away from society in Fahrenheit 451 and The Matrix Nevertheless The Matrix focuses on rebellion at a large scale and freedom of the human race while Fahrenheit 451 and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest centers more on individual disaffiliation and freedom One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest revolves around the occurrences of a mental institution with a group of somewhat insane men kept under control by certain authorities and their pursuit to liberate themselves from this controlling power The most prominent representation of this power is Nurse Ratched a stern woman who rigidly sticks to routine sometimes not considering carefully the actual well-being of her patients Power is also held by the workers of the hospital who physically control the patients as well as the doctors who control the rights to decide their lives and well-being These authorities attempt to maintain their power through both mental and physical methods especially by restricting individual freedom Intrusive music is played in order to control the patients limiting the ability for them to communicate and so cause any trouble Threats are also used especially by Nurse Ratched to keep the patients controlled and somewhat in fear This is quite evident when she threatens Billy that she will inform his mother about what he had done driving him to commit suicide in fear of the possible outcomes Group routines
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