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Both Ken Keseys novel One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Milos Formans Film adaptation expose that how can the people in the mental institution be destroyed as human beings and lose their identity as men by authority power shown as the Big Nurse They weaken by huge power of Nurse Ratched and hide their desire for manhood as like the people in a society In Michael Meloys article Fixing Men Castration Impotence and Masculinity in Ken Keseys One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest he explains that in that sense Kesey creates a ward that he sees as microcosm for a society that systematically castrates men by suppressing their sexual impulse 8 However the hero McMurphy comes to the mental institution and changes patients mind and mode of the wards life Finally MucMurphy makes sacrifices for them and he leads people to awake and get away from the ward Most people in the mental institution are men who have some problems with women but ironically they are under the control of the woman the Big Nurse On the other hand McMurphy is not the person who is castrated or loses his masculinity In Jillian Van Nodstrands article One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest A portrait of despair in one dimension she states He is strong loud lively and fresh from the outside world his presence are instantly captivated by his adolescent charm and defiant independence Clearly he is the very essence of sanity and passion 24 Even the Chief Bromden thinks that McMurphy is bigger and stronger than him so he feels comfortable with McMurphy Bromden narrates Hed shown us what a little bravado and courage could accomplish and we thought hed taught us how to use it Kesey 205 When McMurphy knows that he cannot be free without Nurse Ratcheds permission he wonders why the people stay in the ward voluntarily even they dont look like insane He shouts
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