One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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Caroline DuffyAP LanguageDr. Tanenbaum4 March 2013In Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, an analogy of Christ is maintained throughout the entire novel. Kesey compares red-headed boisterous McMurphy to a Christ-like savior. The novel points out that the human race needs a savior to lead them to do what is "right". Jesus led people to salvation and taught them what he thought was right. McMurphy was like Christ to the men in the asylum. He led them to "salvation", which was to escape the wrath and punishment of Big Nurse and change their routine lives. The Christ analogy is important because it established McMurphy's purpose in teaching the insane men to live outside of the norm.Humans cannot lead themselves to salvation. A savior is needed to lead them to stand up, gain confidence in themselves, and to go against what is normal. Humans are stuck in their daily routines, and they are comfortable with their lives. Bromden, Billie, Harden, Scanlon, George, and all of the other men lived tolerable lives in the asylum. Opposing the system would cause the men to be out of their comfort zone. It would have been uncomfortable for the men to step off of the boat and walk on water. Bromden thought the machines in the walls were constantly "making" them act the comfortable way. When the black boys on the ward are whispering and the nurse catches them, Bromden notices he "can smell the machinery inside the way you smell a motor pulling too big a load. I hold my breath and figure, My God this time they're gonna do it!" (11).McMurphy came into the asylum full of life and laughter. He taught the men that there is more to life. Christ came into the world made to teach people about God and the eternal life they would receive through Him. McMurphy taught the men how to laugh and have fun, where Jesus taught his men how to spread His word.McMurphy was not continually bucking the system for his own sake, because if he behaved well, he would be released within a short time. However, he was a martyr and "saved" the other men in the asylum. McMurphy was a selfless person. Like Jesus, he put his needs aside to help the other men enjoy life. It takes a selfless savior to save many. Bromden noticed McMurphy's hands and the way he painted. He noticed that McMurphy "hadn't let what he looked like run his life one way or the other, any more than he'd let the Combine mill him into fitting where they wanted him to fit." McMurphy refused to be molded by the Combine. He knew what made him happy, and he wanted to show the other men how to enjoy life too. Even though Jesus was persecuted, he still preached what he believed.McMurphy proposed that the men take a fishing trip. He thought it would be good for the men to get away from the asylum for a day and learn how to truly be...

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