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An Analysis of The Struggles Between Revolution and Authority in The Book "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by R.P McMurpphy
Word Count: 1,240
There have been many struggles in history between authority and those who oppose it The most obvious and most common example is revolutions against governments We live in a society where stability and assimilation are not just recommended but also enforced We have the right for civil disobedience so long as it is non-violent and within reason In the book One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest RP McMurphy a brawling gambling man enters a mental asylum in Oregon and begins to wage war on behalf of his fellow inmates However he finds himself at odds with Nurse Ratched a strict manipulative and methodical woman who runs the ward like a precision-made machine The book follows McMurphys actions that constantly clash with the Nurse and what she represents authority By the end of the book there are many examples of struggles against the higher power and it is in my opinion that the statement when authority and individuals come into conflict authority always wins out is incorrect because individuals do not have to win the physical conflict to win the battle of brains From day one the reader finds that McMurphy is out to cause trouble Gambling is illegal in the ward but McMurphy declares that he was sent to the institution to bring the inpatients some fun an entertainment around the gaming tablep 16 He starts interrupting daily meetings which the Nurse treats with much importance And whenever he is reprimanded for something he laughs The laughing is the most important part of his self-defence as it is the only legal way he can fight back against authority It is a symbol of defiance and a sign of McMurphys freedom It shows that no matter what the institution does to him he still has his mental independence As the reader progresses further on in the story McMurphy makes a bet that he can get the Nurses goat When he finds he has no ward-clothes p
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