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The fishing trip represents a resurgence of the patients' virility. Outside the asylum, the men can express themselves after McMurphy sets the tone for them. Deep sea fishing is a manly venture;...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2017 4:55 am UTC

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Billy Bibbit kills himself by slitting his throat with doctor's instruments after Nurse Ratched makes him feel guilty for sleeping with Candy. Billy is connected to his mother to the point of...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2017 2:32 pm UTC

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There is a lot that we have to piece together from the rather startling account that Chief Bromden gives us of the asylum where he is based. So much of what he sees and accepts as reality is not...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2011 8:45 pm UTC

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In Chapter 6, McMurphy tells Chief Bromden that a black orderly is coming, and Chief immediately gets into bed. Later, McMurphy tells Chief that he saw him jump when he told Chief this information,...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 12:31 am UTC

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During McMurphy's first group therapy session, he passively watches as the Acutes proceed to discuss Harding's relationship and question him about his sexual desires and his inability to please his...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018 6:58 pm UTC

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In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Chief Bromden displays numerous signs and symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. It’s important to note that the novel does not outright say Chief Bromden is a...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2020 3:18 am UTC

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Ellis and Ruckly are two Chronic patients who, although only minor characters, serve as demonstrations of the horrific ways in which residents of a mental institution are treated. Ellis used to be...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2017 12:11 am UTC

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Coming from prison to the institution, the big red-headed Randle Patrick McMurphy enters the ward and sees that he belongs on the side where the Acutes are. With big, scarred hands, he goes down...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2017 9:54 am UTC

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Harding and McMurphy's hands say a lot about their respective personalities. McMurphy's rough-hewn hands are indicative of his rugged, blue-collar background and of his many adventures traveling...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2018 10:48 am UTC

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The bet evolves from McMurphy's apprehension that Nurse Ratched oppresses the men in the ward with her insulting questions and intimidation. For instance, in Chapter 4 Nurse Ratched asks the men...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2012 2:36 am UTC

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What the reader is presented with here in the initial group therapy session over which Nurse Ratched presides is the beginnings of a battle that continues throughout the rest of the novel. Nurse...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2012 8:13 am UTC

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There are several instances in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in which a patient either refuses or lies about taking his medication. One such instance is when Chief Bromden does not take his night...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2017 2:52 pm UTC

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Three punishments await patients who refuse to answer Nurse Ratched's questions in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The nurse asks probing questions designed to make the patients...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2019 4:24 pm UTC

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Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is based on some of his personal experiences as a volunteer as a medical guinea pig at the Menlo Park veterans hospital in Oregon, where he worked...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2017 9:58 am UTC

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Before McMurphy arrives in the ward, there is no laughter there. Chief Bromden describes McMurphy's laughter as "free and loud" and spreading "in rings bigger and bigger till it . . . lap[s]...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019 11:48 am UTC

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There are several possible explanations for the black satin underwear that contains a pattern of white whales with red eyes. The most obvious reference is to the white whale in Moby Dick. The white...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2009 11:37 am UTC

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest touches on many themes, and could conceivably contain more than one "message," depending on how it's read and how readers focus their attention. One message you...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2018 6:42 pm UTC

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Sorry, but part of my answer was wiped out when I pasted it. Here is the complete version: Having gained access to an old hydrotherapy room where they can avoid the noise of the radio, McMurphy...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 9:28 am UTC

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After Nurse Ratched announces that she has taken away the tub privileges, McMurphy breaks the glass to the nurse's station and grabs his cigarettes, saying that the glass was so clean that he...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2015 8:00 am UTC

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Chief Bromden has not really become deaf and dumb; he simply feigns his deafness in order to gain knowledge about the Big Nurse and the orderlies; for, they talk in front of him, assuming that he...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 8:10 am UTC

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Doctor Spivey, ostensibly Nurse Ratched's supervisor, acts for most of the novel like a spineless subordinate, whom Nurse Ratched routinely ignores "like she was above him," and whom one of the...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018 12:24 am UTC

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Harding’s wife and Nurse Ratched have similar physical characteristics in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Harding has a photograph of his wife that reveals she has large breasts and looks like a...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 4:57 pm UTC

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Chapter 1 opens with the narrator, Chief Bromden, describing the three orderlies mopping the floors after their illicit evening activities. They grumble among themselves, but Nurse Ratchet enters...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2012 3:27 am UTC

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Chief Bromden, the narrator of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, views the black boys as extensions of Nurse Ratched. As a result, it is likely that Chief fears and hates these orderlies, though the...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018 3:42 pm UTC

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In Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the Chief, a war veteran, remembers that during the war, the soldiers would cause fog to spread over the field to confuse the enemy. He now believes...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 1:47 am UTC

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At the end of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, the tyrannical Nurse Ratched has R.P. McMurphy lobotomized. Chief Bromden decides to suffocate his friend and make his escape. Is Bromden...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 8:12 pm UTC

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From the very first scene where McMurphy and Chief Bromden meet, the reader can see their friendship begin and develop. McMurphy insists that the Chief shake his hand, all the while keeping a grin...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 2:12 am UTC

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We first encounter the "Combine" in chapter 1 of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest when "Chief" Bromden argues that shaving before breakfast is the "worst time" to shave. He explains: When you got...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2018 12:21 am UTC

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The fishing trip represents a "normal" day for the men who are locked away from society in the mental institution. They went out, had some fun, caught fish and were spectacularly successful on...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2009 8:47 pm UTC

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In Chapter 4 of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the control of Nurse Ratched is exemplified as she sets the men of the ward upon Harding after reporting his problems with his young wife in a Group...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2012 7:53 am UTC

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Animals are frequently used to represent characters in the novel. The Chief sees the caretakers as dogs "smelling and...hunting around" after the patients (Pt.1,Sec.1). Nurse Ratched at...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2008 4:17 am UTC

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Nurse Ratched isn't really concerned with curing her patients of their mental illness. For one thing, a number of men on the ward are free to discharge themselves from the facility at any moment....

Latest answer posted August 15, 2018 5:00 am UTC

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In Chapter 18 of Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the defiant Randle McMurphy, who had heretofore dedicated himself to resisting the dictates of the autocratic Big Nurse, Miss...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016 2:57 pm UTC

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Chief says that Ellis has been affected by the electroshock therapy machine so that he stands at the wall in the same pose in which he was removed from the table. As Chief describes Ellis, "Now...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2016 12:28 pm UTC

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To add to the excellent reading provided in the previous post here, we can take a look at how this passage functions as a rather pointed metaphor for the action of the novel, foreshadowing...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2015 5:30 pm UTC

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There are several symbols in counter-culture Kesey's portrayal of a mental institution: The Combine Named after a huge farm machine that takes in corn and grain and grinds them down, the "Combine"...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2014 3:13 pm UTC

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Chapter One ends with an enigmatic statement from Chief Broom, who is the narrator. Broom seems to be not entirely in control of his mental faculties; he sees Nurse Ratched turn into a terrible...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2012 11:14 pm UTC

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a classic tragedy because McMurphy is a hero who has the tragic flaw of hubris. McMurphy fits the definition of a classic hero because he has more confidence and...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2019 1:23 pm UTC

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This section of the novel is particularly interesting because of the way in which the nature of the patients is explored, and in particular how the patients view themselves as being rabbits, or...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2013 8:12 am UTC

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One key motif in Cuckoo's Nest is power. Chief Bromden thinks incessantly about The Combine, an entity he he believes runs the world, or at least the mental hospital in which he is confined. He...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018 6:39 pm UTC

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Candy is McMurphy's female friend from the private sector. McMurphy brings her to the mental ward and introduces her to the patients. Candy is present when McMurphy takes the patients on an illegal...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019 1:32 am UTC

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This is an interesting question to approach, considering that One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest revolves around highlighting the destructive effects that these ordered routines and rules have on the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 6:54 pm UTC

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Pete Bancini is labeled a "Chronic" in the ward. He has been brain damaged since birth, and holds a series of low-level, menial jobs. At the first group meeting in which McMurphy participates, Pete...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010 5:06 am UTC

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The most oft-cited aspect of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is Ken Kesey's inspired choice of a secondary character, Chief Bromden, to be narrator. Since Chief has fooled everyone into believing...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2018 7:08 am UTC

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As the novel progresses, Bromden continues to be amazed at the defiance that McMurphy expresses towards Nurse Ratched and the Combine, the key force behind society and its treatment towards those...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 7:30 am UTC

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Chief Bromden was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but whether he truly was mentally ill has been the subject of spirited debate since the book was published more than fifty years ago. Chief,...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2018 9:54 pm UTC

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Some questions to help prompt our thinking on this topic: How do you define freedom? What are different kinds of freedom? How does Chief Bromden change in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? Over the...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019 9:17 pm UTC

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For the theme of freedom versus control, you might focus on the character of Chief Bromden, the novel's narrator. At the beginning of the novel, Chief Bromden seems neither free nor in control. He...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 10:31 am UTC

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When Randle Patrick McMurphy enters the ward of the Oregon insance asylum he boasts that he will undermine the power of the person in charge. Soon he discerns that Nurse Ratched has dictatorial...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2012 9:35 pm UTC

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In Ken Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, published in 1962, three main themes show up, and the fishing trip is an example of all three. The first theme is the individual versus the...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2013 7:20 pm UTC

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