In Chapter 8 of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, how does McMurphy manipulate Spivey?
In Chapter 8 of Ken Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Randle McMurphy manipulates Doctor Spivey by getting the doctor to propose changes to the ward that McMurphy desires himself. Specifically, McMurphy wants to be able to get away from the radio that is played on the ward at high volumes at all times while the patients are awake. The noise is annoying. For instance, one evening when McMurphy is playing cards with Harding, McMurphy complains about the radio. McMurphy says,
“That damned radio. Boy. It’s been going ever since I come in this morning. And don’t come on with some baloney that you don’t hear it.”
McMurphy wants to escape from the noise and he would also appreciate having another day room. When “the Big Nurse” is about to end the ward meeting, McMurphy raises his hand to discuss one more point. However, when she calls on him, McMurphy says,
“Not me, Doctor Spivey has. Doc, tell ’em what you come up with about the hard-of-hearing guys and the radio.”
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