One Flew Over The Cuckoo´S Nest: A Sardonic Commentary On Christianity

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“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17
The savior of the Jewish people, Jesus Christ gave his life to absolve the world of its sins. He lived a pure and virtuous life guiding others towards the will of God while misdirecting them from the evils of earthly pleasures. Though he meant to bring peace, Jesus created discord in the governing processes of the land and was ultimately killed for it. His dissidence and claims of holiness displeased the rulers, but in perspective, he was a peasant who claimed to be the King of All Men; I would be skeptical also. Similarly, in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Randall P. McMurphy plays the martyr for a ward of mental patients against the regime of Nurse Ratched even though she is truly neither the cause nor the instigator of their mental difficulties. Kesey mocks the Christian religion through falsifying McMurphy’s sacrifice to convey white male fears of having minority groups in control.
In comparing McMurphy to Jesus, Kesey questions the true nature of Christ’s service while also conveying how negatively minorities are considered. By portraying McMurphy as a Christ figure who dies, Nurse Ratched and the black boys are being considered “sin”. According to the Bible, Jesus’s death brought the remittance of all sins and so when comparing the two, McMurphy’s sacrifice is meant to be the absorption of all of Nurse Ratched’s evil onto him. The author creates a social commentary this way to show that assertive women in higher positions are generally regarded by white men as being inhuman tyrants, or evil. While it could be mistaken that Kesey truly feels that way against women, the resolution of the story gives away his twisted intentions; the main male characters of the book are running away from the pressures of society and their female relatives, yet somehow the defeat of Nurse Ratched, an unrelated nuisance, releases all the patients from their circumstance. The need for these men to be in power allows them to substitute her for all their other subjugations therefore revealing their intense fear of being inferior. From this perspective of McMurphy leading an unnecessary revolt, it can be deduced that Kesey feels that Jesus was also a dissident and that his death was just a show. He opens up the other side that perhaps Jesus was simply a delusional hobo who preyed upon the poverty of others with his plausible lies. Needs more...

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