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Ken Kesely's Novel, "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest ". Talks About Peoples' Ability To Use Power To Control And Manipulate Situations

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Peoples' ability to use power to control and manipulate situations andpeople is a skill not many people have. Unfortunately this skill can lead to conflictas it did in Ken Kesely's novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest when McMurphyand Nurse Ratched meet each other.McMurphy has been after Nurse Ratched's power right from the beginning.After the first group meeting he pointed out that the meeting was like a 'peckingparty'. The Nurse starts it with pointing out something wrong with someone andthen the men join in with their criticism. Her book was the same idea. The menwould listen to each other and when one said something that they shouldn't havethey write it down so it can be brought up for 'therapeutic reasons', but whenMcMurphy came all that changed. That made the nurse furious, that was her wayof keeping perfect control and power over the patients.McMurphy had complete power over the patients from when he first camein. Nobody like him had ever been in the ward before. He came in singing andlaughing, something that no one had heard in a long time. He walked around theroom shaking hands, introducing himself to everyone, even the chronics. Hetaught the acutes how to play cards and he taught them to gamble. His very firstbet though was that he could get the best of nurse Ratched within the week, andhe did. She wasn't going to back down though. To try and stop all the gamblinggoing on she rationed the cigarettes, so they no longer had anything to bet, butthat never stopped them, they used money instead.The patients admired McMurphy because no one had ever stood up to herbefore, and he would do things for them such as arranging basketball games. Hewas also the one who enabled the patients to use the tub room for card games, andso they could get away from that horrifying music that the nurse always played.The tub room is also significant in the power struggle because it was the doctorwho helped McMurphy obtain it. The Dr. was the one who came up with all thesolutions for the problems that the nurse would bring up to try and stop the menfrom using it. McMurphy and the Doctor even went to the same high school andthe nurse caught them reminiscing about old times, laughing, yelling and having agreat time.The doctor, the one who is suppose to help the nurse, helped McMurphy intaking...

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