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Identity Theft How the institution strips the inmates of their manhood Ones identity is what makes one stand out from society without identity the worlds population would be able to fit into one common mold Ken Kesey explores the ideas of identity and conformity in his book One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest An individuals identity is his manhood stripped of ones manhood one is left without willpower and is forced to succumb to the authority Keseys mental institute is clearly designed to depict a society stripped of their manhood or forced into conformity The Theory of the institute implies that the goal of the ward is to shape the inmates to better blend into society McMurphy tries to show the patients that the only way to fight the system is to beat the routine and win back their identity The entire system for creating individuals that fit better into the societal puzzle begins with the Theory of the Therapeutic Community The Theory of the Therapeutic Community is a speech given by Dr Spivey to each new admission it is summarized for the reader by the narrator Bromden who has heard it repeated numerous times Bromden explains that the theory says How the group can help the guy by showing him where hes out of place how society decides whos sane and who isnt pg 48 The group can help the guy by pointing out how he is different and to help him become more like the rest of them so that then they can all fit snugly back into society All of them the same and all without identities Also it says working towards making worthwhile citizens to turn back Outside onto the street Of course it is implied that it is society that decides what a worthwhile citizen is composed of not the individual The theory clearly depicts the agenda of the staff on the ward and the head of the staff
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