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In the novel One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey many of the patients in the ward have lack of self-respect and dignity The lack of dignity and self-respect causes many people to become depressed and even mentally ill The three patients that lack the most self-respect and dignity are Billy Bibbit Chief and Harding These three characters have had tragic past experience that causes them to lose their dignity or man hood Billy Bibbit lost his dignity by flubbing the proposal to the woman he loves Chief lost his self-respect by being ignored in the past and Harding lost his man-hood because he can not satisfy his wife All of these patients suffer from their lost pride and dignity and all of them became mentally ill from the lack of self-respect The novel shows how lack of dignity and self-respect of one self is the source of mental illness Billy Bibbit is born with a speech impediment He stutters almost every word he tries to say His mother treated him poorly in the past and he was never taught better His life starts be being made fun of He flunks out of college because when he has to answer he stutters You were suppose to say Here sir and I never c-c-could get it out 119 Because of Billy Bibbits stutter it has made him mentally ill by causing him to lose his self-respect Not only does Billys stutter weaken his dignity but he also loses his pride and self-respect by the reaction of the woman he loves I said Huh-honey will you muh-muh-muh-muh-muh till the girl broke out l-laughing121 Billys past experience will stay with him forever His speech impediment and destruction of his dignity from the woman he loves causes his mental illness Chief another patient in the ward loses his self-respect and dignity which causes him to be mentally ill He can remember things about his past and he
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