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Many protagonists are considered heroes ranging from Hamlet to Hercules All of these heroes also did something to earn the honoured title In todays society modern heroes have been found one of which is the traditional Western hero We also have a hero in Jesus Christ saviour to some yet a hero no matter what religion those who look upon him follow In One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Ken Kesey uses both of these heroes of today amalgamating them so that his protagonist displayed characteristics of each McMurphy the protagonist is a character aided in creation by those two images with opposing characteristics yet McMurphy was also given a characteristic that was shared by the two heroes a willingness to help people Randle Patrick McMurphy is portrayed in the novel as similar to the traditional Western hero Appearing quite early in the book he immediately gives the impression of being bound to nothing at all he was shown as unrestrained from the beginning Chief Bromden the narrator presents evidence of this by describing McMurphys laugh as free and loudKesey p 16 The Western hero is known to be carefree and so was McMurphy when he was first admitted as he laces his fingers over his belly without taking his thumbs out of his pocketsKesey p 16 a very relaxed poise McMurphy also appears to be much like the Western hero a risk taker he would go to meet a challenge ready to risk a confrontation usually with the Big Nurse One such occasion was when McMurphy rose to meet the Nurses confiscation and rationing of cigarettes by breaking her window and taking the cigarettes The Chief comments on this confrontational aspect of McMurphys character when he says of McMurphy He was the logger again the swaggering gambler the big redheaded brawling Irishman the cowboy out of the TV set walking down the middle of the street to meet a dare
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