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Analyze the signifigance of Bromden's reference to the geese, dog, and car he sees...

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Posted April 18, 2010 at 11:57 AM via web

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Analyze the signifigance of Bromden's reference to the geese, dog, and car he sees while looking out the window.

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miss-elle | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 19, 2010 at 10:05 AM (Answer #1)

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As Bromden is looking out the window he is reflecting on his place in society. He has been hiding in the fog, but because of McMurphy, he is beginning to come out of it.

Bromden is reflecting on the wild and natural world. The geese catch his eye because they are wild and free. Perhaps subconsciously, they remind him of McMurphy; both are able to rise above society and "fly free". Comparatively, the dog is a domesticated animal, and more closely represents most men on the ward. They are in the ward to be tamed/domesticated so that they may fit into society.

As the dog sniffs around, Bromden notices a car speeding down the road. Eventually, the dog goes too far, and the implication is that he is killed by the car. Through this example, and other machine imagery in the book, Kesey is suggesting that anyone who gets in the way of the "machine" (society) will be taken out, just like the dog. The only way to escape it is to find someway to fly free, like the geese and McMurphy, which he is still figuring out.

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