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In our study of this novel of rebellion and protest The ward in OneFlew Over the Cuckoos Nest is microcosism of a much larger world wherepower is too often misused and individuality is stifled for the sake ofconformityBy using Chief Bromden as the Narrator Kesey pulls the readerright in to the middle of this by taking the only character that can shed lighton all of the dominant themes present in the novel Which are Keseys viewson the feminist movement civil rights and the underlying idea of conformityAll of these issues are exposed in the pool scene in which the author anddirector are constrained to different parameters and must use differentThe dominant theme in this novel is that of conformity In the novelconformity is represented as a machine or in Chief Bromdens mind acombine To the Chief the combine depicts the conformist society ofAmerica The Chief views the mental hospital as a big machine which is runby The Big Nurse who controls everyone except McMurphy with wiresand a control panel which the Chief see quite clearly in his psychosis Inthe Chiefs eyes McMurphy was missed by the combine and the Chief andthe acutes were lured into it Therefore McMurphy is an nonconformist and isfree from the wires of The Big Nurse and so he is a threat to thecombine This is very clear in the pool scene This excerpt from thebook demonstrates RPs influence on the acutes to rebel Now thatMcMurphy was around to back them up the guys started letting fly ateverything that had ever happened on the ward they didnt like158 In thefilm you can actually see the acutes looking at McMurphy after they maketheir arguments to nurse Ratched and he backs them up in the book by askingthe doctor directly before the nurse had a chance to answer This segment ofthe novel unmistakably depics the notion of rebellionAnother significant theme in Keseys novel is the role of women insociety and how
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