Power Of Laughter In One Flew Over The Cuckoo´S Nest By Randle Mc Murphy

640 words - 3 pages

Although modern science has allowed us to develop many complex medicines, laughter is still the strongest one available in the real world and in the book. Laughter proves to be a strong medicine in more ways than one and is completely free, allowing anyone to use it at anytime. It allows us to connect socially with people, it can be used as a way of overthrowing power, and it is good for your health. As Randle McMurphy showed in the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, laughter can lighten the mood in the darkest situations.
Near the beginning of the book when McMurphy is introduced into the ward he “...commences to laugh. Nobody can tell why he laughs; there’s nothing funny going on” (Kesey 11). This unexplained laughter occurs throughout the book. McMurphy is laughing because he knows that this disruption will mess around with Nurse Ratched, and in turn break the never-ending routine of life on the ward. It also gets the spirits of the other patients up, allowing him to form a small army, of sorts, to fight the tyrannical rule of the nurse. The laughter also is healthy for the patients, who have been void of laughter and happiness for many years.
Other than using the laughter for retaliation against the nurse, the laughter can create a healthier living environment for the patients. Laughter has been known to relax the body, boost the immune system, release endorphins, and even protect the heart. A good, long laugh relaxes the body for up to 45 minutes afterwards and decreases the amount of stress hormones in the body. Chief explains what it is like to have his first real laugh in a long time, “It started slow and pumped itself full, swelling the men bigger and bigger. I watched, part of them , laughing with them- and somehow not with them” (Kesey 214). He has an out of body experience and describes “...skating the wind with those black...

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