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Its free and loud and it comes out of his wide grinning mouth and spreads in rings bigger and bigger till its lapping against the wall all over the ward 16 In society laughter can represent being part of a group it symbolizes acceptance and positive interactions with others Throughout the novel laughter is seen as contagious and the laughter of one person can itself provoke laughter from others as a positive feedback Within Ken Keseys One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Kesey uses characterization to reveal the theme that laughter has the ability to empower or weaken an individual In particular the patients represent their lack of strength through the failure to convey ones laughter in the ward Also the lack of true laughter through the Public Relations demonstrates a lack of control Lastly McMurphy exhibits his vitality through laughter enabling him to manipulate others Moreover the ability to laugh represents the strength of ones being The patients exhibit their feebleness by the incapability to express ones laughter effectively For instance through Bromdens character there is a minor breakthrough towards his health that frightens him Following the song McMurphy sings after the black boy runs off with the gum stash Bromden thinks to himself I couldnt help but start to chuckle and this made me scared Id get to laughing and not be able to stop 184 The fact that Bromden only has the power to chuckle and is hesitant to laugh exhibits his mental weakness he struggles with throughout the novel Through chuckling Bromden is only half heartedly expressing himself causing him to have the inability to feel free and be someone other than the combines ideal person Furthermore Chief Bromden demonstrates his fear of change through the unfamiliarity of laughter Seeing that laughter is unheard of on the ward the incompetence to feel comfortable while laughing shows that Bromden is not ready to handle the experience other than the
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