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The Type of Hero in the Character of Randle Patrick McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
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Randle Patrick McMurphy the main character in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is the perfect example of a hero He is committed to a mental institution after faking insanity to get out of a work camp From the beginning of his presence on the ward things start to change He brings in laughter gambling profanity and he begins to get the other patients to open up All of this however clashes with the head nurse Nurse Ratched who is trying to press conformity and obeying authority It is then a battle between McMurphy and the nurse McMurphy trying to set the patients free and the nurse trying to make them normalThe most obvious hero type of McMurphy is an out-law hero This is evident in his struggle against the nurse and the combine which represent society He is an outlaw because he is his own person He has freedom to act how he wants think what he wants and be what he wants and society is out to make him be like everyone else to conform At first McMurphys rebellion against authority is just a selfish attempt to make his life on the ward more comfortable But later on he realizes that the other patients rely on him and need him to help them be free This is seen in the book when Cheswich drowns himself after McMurphy starts to give in to the nurse Then McMurphy sees that he has to be the leader and continue to resist authority In this way McMurphy is sort of the like Christ whom he is compared to many times in the book They are both leaders and they both sacrificed themselves to save their followersAnother one of McMurphys hero types is an anti-hero which is a hero who lacks some attributes of being a classic hero A classic hero is a hero with ethics and morals and who respects everyone and everything This is not who
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