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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Literary Analysis Paper Randle McMurphy fits the profile of a tragic hero based on the analysis of certain literary elements McMurphys major flaw was hubris which leads to his downfall in life as well as the lives of others in the novel After closely reading Ken Keseys One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest it is apparent that McMurphy is a tragic hero Kesey uses narration in the first person in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest This helps to show the perspective of life on the ward from a patient The story is told by the Chief which helps to characterize McMurphy as he is seen by the patients of the ward The perspective from the Chief shows the fears and insecurities that the patients have that McMurphy doesnt recognize The Chief stated how McMurphy was ignorant to the patients feeling and mental health Thats what McMurphy cant understand us wanting to be safe He keeps trying to drag us out of the fog out in the open where wed be easy to get at page 114why dont he leave me be Page 123 McMurphys hubris is displayed here His arrogance and pride got the best of him he failed to recognize that the patients were not like him not mentally as strong He tried to get the patients to stand up for themselves and act like men He treated them and talked to them as if they were normal McMurphy is going against nature going against the will of the gods because the men are not normal they are not meant to be treated normally It is as if he is deciding against their fate and trying with all his might to change their destiny The Chiefs perspective shows just how weak and vulnerable the patients are and how ignorant McMurphy is to this The motif of life outside the ward compared to life inside the ward
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