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Many novels have been written on the subject of power and its attainment Macbeth by William Shakespeare is the story of a man driven to insanity and unspeakable violence in his quest for it The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger concerns a young man trying to find himself and obtain some control over his life Power comes in many forms whether it is a simple journey for the purpose of self-enlightenment or a bloody crusade People generally like to feel as though they have control even when they do not Some will even try to control others the less fortunate for instance when controlling their own lives becomes difficult To control ones life is to have a say in ones destiny In One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey the three main characters all try to have some degree of control Nurse Ratched has true control over the ward and loves it that way She delights in nothing less than total suppression of her opponents Her perfect world is challenged by a newcomer Patrick Randle McMurphy He likes to be in control as well and loves the attention it gets him The narrator Chief Bromden has never had any control over anything in his life until he comes to the ward By making himself see the world in one way and by having the world see him as something he is not the Chief gains some control and is content All the characters pursue power with different motives and methods In the novel the characters Chief Bromden Nurse Ratched and Patrick McMurphy all pursue power in different ways Chief Bromden empowers himself with illusion and with the death of McMurphy The chief is a giant who is six and a half feet tall but he thinks of himself as small because he is powerless Nurse Ratched initially controls him just as she controls the rest of the ward Chief Bromden often
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