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In "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", how does the Chief feel about the black...

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ibjannette | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 9, 2008 at 5:59 AM via web

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In "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", how does the Chief feel about the black boys?

give an example and how do they feel about Nurse Ratched?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 9, 2008 at 12:01 PM (Answer #1)

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The chief does not like the black boys and sees them as extensions of Nurse Ratched. He says that the Big Nurse purposely chose them and trained them so they would follow her orders without question. This seems to be the case because not only do the black boys show disrepect towards the Chief, but they also seem to detest McMurphy as much as the Big Nurse. All four of these characters see that McMurphy is a threat to their total control of the Ward and to their power. Since the Chief, at first, is incapable of taking any action against Nurse Ratched and the black boys, it is up to McMurphy to begin to challenge their behavior and authority.

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