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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest In the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Ken Kesey shows the struggle between societys control over us to make us all uniform and individual thought Kesey uses Nurse Ratched to represent society with her control over the patients and Randle P Mc Murphy the individual who rebels against her Kesey also has Chief Bromden the oppressed individual battle against the Combine society as a whole Kesey uses Randle P Mc Murphy and Nurse Ratched to present two opposite ways of living in this world Mc Murphy stands for the individual the savior for the patients who goes his own way and does what he wants no matter what the rest of society thinks Nurse Ratched represents a need for efficiency order and control at all costs Anyone who crosses her will face severe consequences We see right when McMurphy first enters the ward that he is independent and looking for change When he first enters he swaggers in like a western cowboy seeming to tell Nurse Ratched theres only room for one of us in this town We also see that the Nurse trys to stomp this individual in his place right off the bat by telling him in a polite tone that Everyone must follow the rules In the climax of Part One McMurphy tries to rally the other Patients to vote on having their cleaning duties moved to later in the night so that they may be able to watch the World Series In the group meetings McMurphy tries to goes against Nurse Ratched and her rules by trying to get the votes needed However the Nurse ends the meeting Pizzarro
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