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An Analysis of the Portrayal of Randle Patrick McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey
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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Jesus Christ and McMurphy Many protagonists are considered heroes ranging from Hamlet to Hercules All of these heroes also did something to earn the honoured title In todays society modern heroes have been found one of which is the traditional Western hero We also have a hero in Jesus Christ saviour to some yet a hero no matter what religion those who look upon him follow In One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Ken Kesey uses both of these heroes of today amalgamating them so that his protagonist displayed characteristics of each McMurphy the protagonist is a character aided in creation by those two images with opposing characteristics yet McMurphy was also given a characteristic that was shared by the two heroes a willingness to help Randle Patrick McMurphy is portrayed in the novel as similar to the traditional Western hero Appearing quite early in the book he immediately gives the impression of being bound to nothing at all he was shown as unrestrained from the beginning Chief Bromden the narrator presents evidence of this by describing McMurphys laugh as free and loudKesey p
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