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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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