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The Combine In Ken Keseys novel One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest one of the literary themes is the combine The combine represents American Society in the novel The narrator Chief Bromden describes the combine through out the book He uses extended metaphors and symbolism to represent Society in the form of this combine The combine represents American society in several ways Society viewed by Bromden is simply a machine a combine This machine makes people or rather destroys people It takes their most primal emotions desires and forces them to disregard them It takes a human and makes them nothing but a single cog in the machine of American society Through uses of school churches and their own parents people are forced to conform by this machine In the play Bromden sees a person with gears and rust rather than organs and blood That symbolizes how a person is no longer a person but a product of this combine A product molded by society The mental institute in Bromdens eyes is a machine shop for cogs in the machine People who dont conform are assumed insane So to fix this problem society sends them to get fixed For example Bromden once envisions Santa Claus coming to the institute Perhaps society decided he didnt fit in the norm so he needs to get fixed By the time he was fully fixed he was skinny beardless and no longer the same jolly Santa Claus Nurse Ratched also hints that the reason the people are there is because they didnt fit in the norm of society She says Most of you are hear because you could not adjust to the outside world You broke the rules of society Seemingly once fixed they will no longer be the same person they will no longer be individuals they will be uniform cogs The reason Bromden was able to perceive this is because he still
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