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One Flew Over The Cuckoos nest is a honest yet disturbing approach to viewing human psychology spirit and the society that we belong to Within these central themes the novel also comprises of other views such as the focus on social control and conformity as well as individuality self expression and a sense of freedom The tightly run mental asylum of Big Nurse is the abode of these themes and is merely a microcosm to the outside society itself The patients are stripped of their identity as soon as they enter the complex and through constant routine and the stringent control of the system individuality is wiped out and replaced with conformity The patients are encouraged to no longer have a sense of self expression where they find it simpler to listen to what the staff orders them to do rather than to act autonomously and maintains the combines power The consequence is that the patients lose their sense of freedom It is eventually McMurphys freedom loving individualistic character that impresses on the patients to question the institutions functioning Social control is a controversial yet equally important theme in the novel The institution controls the individuality of the characters and maintains the combines power To develop the conformity within the system the institution manufactures the individualities for the patients Group therapies are a key example of this situation Instead of trying to let the patients recover Nurse Ratched is able to fool the patients into fearing individuality She encourages them to destroy each others individuality by rewarding those who expose the individuality of others and themselves She reassures the patients that a guy has to learn to get along in a group before hell be able to function in a normal society Page 43 By using the power that Nurse Ratched is given from the combine she is able to destroy the natural impulses that make them individual and who they are Instead the
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