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Randall Patrick MacMurphys struggle against institutional authority in the 1975 Academy Award winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest illustrates one mans rebellion against the repressive and controlling powers of a total institution MacMurphy is committed to a mental institution after his ejection from a prison work farm due to his belligerent attitude so that he can be evaluated some at the prison believed him to be crazy Within the walls of the manmade cuckoos nest MacMurphy and his fellow inmates are placed under total control and of course very close supervision Their information is controlled to the point where they can not even watch the current World Series on television all personal freedoms are erased and insignificant including pre-existing status and all semblance of personal freedom The degradation ceremony that strips away this pre-existing status occurs as soon as MacMurphy enters the ward and all his personal belongings are collected from his holders From that point on he is no longer a man he is a case file to be dealt with in a standard fashion by the powers that maintain control of his life Power in this total institution is solely divided between the leaders of the mental hospital The doctors and nurses make the rules they are the people responsible for stripping away the identity of the inmates and controlling their new one The doctors and nurses employ a number of techniques to demonstrate their control over the inmates Those in positions of power in the hospital have access to all parts of the ward They are privileged to be able to walk through any doors they please The patients however are designated to only certain areas of the ward They are always in rooms divided by a large observation window and are never on the side of the glass doing the observing At all times this division of space is a constant reminder to the patients that they are
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