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INSANITY OR NON-CONFORMITY Ken Keseys One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is a novel which depicts the lives of the classified mentally insane in a struggle against the authority of a hospital ward Over the course of the novel the hospital ward turns into a place of rebellion while the wise-guy hero tries to reform the institution while dignifying the people within The story is told in the first person point of view by Chief Bromden a huge patient who is sharing his mental hospital experience He is a disturbed man who has fooled all of the other patients and the staff into believing that he is deaf and cant speak He thinks of the hospital as a place of fear rather than of a place of healing This partly has to due with the head of the hospital ward Nurse Ratched a woman who believes in order at all times She is viewed as the hospitals most powerful person in turn the least liked by the patients In order to escape the Nurse Chief Bromden thinks back to his childhood in an Indian village but this also evokes the Combine force which sends his mind into a deep fog Early on in the story Kesey introduces the character Randolph McMurphy a newly admitted patient He is a boisterous man with much self-confidence and a very friendly personality He claims that hes only at the hospital to enjoy an easier life compared to the life he was living at a state farm McMurphy quickly familiarizes himself with the people surrounding him and tells stories to all of the patients His humorous personality enlightens the patients and the ward in general However Nurse Ratched doesnt like this change because she feels McMurphy is a manipulator Her controlling personality clashes with his easy going personality and as expected she tries to enforce rules while he is ready to rebel against them Nurse Ratched has dealt
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