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Falling into Theory - One Flew Over the CuckOos Nest Question 2 Psychoanalytic Approach Textual Passage Nurse Pilbo Take your medicine Mr McMurphy McMurphy Whats in the horse pill Nurse Pilbo Its good for you Dont get angry Mr McMurphy McMurphy Im not getting angry Nurse Pilbo I just dont like taking anything when I dont know what it is I dont want anyone slippin me saltpeter if you know what I mean Nurse Ratched Thats okay Nurse Pilbo If Mr McMurphy does not want to take his medicine we will just have to arrange for him to have it some other way although I dont think hed like it very much In the movie although most of the patients are not chronics committed forcibly nobody ever leaves to establish their autonomy Nurse Ratched under the guise of a counselor interested in helping them to overcome their problems and establish independence actually uses implicit and explicit measures to oppress them and keep them captive in a de facto dictatorship One of the ways to keep the patients docile and puerile is exemplified in the foregoing dialogue The ingestion of pills indicates an oral fixation and an inability to progress to the proper phallic stage Even if the pills are not the catalyst of the arrested development and their neuroses are the result of arrested development that preceded their admission to the hospital the pills preclude any possibility of ameliorating their problems McMurphy who is the quintessential representation of democracy and rugged individualism has no such problems However in an attempt to control him Ratched threatens to forcibly insert the pill into his body rectally Such an action if completed would symbolize a regress to the anal stage successfully removing him from the world writ large and the Law of the Father Luckily McMurphy feigns swallowing the pill to appease her and then spits in out Two incidents
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