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A leader has the ability to rally confidence and conviction in his fellow supporters Leaders are scattered throughout history influencing changes and leading oppressed masses to freedom Every movement has its leader its focal point the one person that leads by example serving as a role model in times of difficulty and hardship In Ken Keseys One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Randle Patrick McMurphy is thrust into a leadership role in a psychiatric ward McMurphy begins to rally support and initiates a change in the daily lives of the other patients in the ward inching away from the previously immovable institutionalized oppression As Kesey demonstrates the essentiality of a leader to the breaking of oppression he also shows the dissipation of the patients confidence and conviction once the leaders active participation has ceased Keseys implementation of McMurphy as a leader in the psychiatric ward demonstrates mans inability to initially buck oppression without a leader emphasizing that the leader is only effective if the followers learn to lead themselves The fading of the courage and confidence that McMurphy instills in the psychiatric patients during the fishing trip shows that a leader is necessary to break free from oppression an oppression that reclaims its victims once the leader stops leading the way On the way to the open seas the patients stop at the gas station where their green uniforms are noticed right away Along with the recognition of the mental green color comes disrespect and oppression by way of the gas station attendants McMurphy sticks up for everyone and the patients follow perfectly on cue There was a new sense of confidence surrounding the patients and it was because McMurphy had shown us what a little bravado and courage could accomplish and we thought hed taught us how to use it When people at a stoplight would stare at us and our green uniforms wed do just like he did sit up straight and strong
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