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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest – Some Thoughts On The Movie

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Some thoughts on the movieIn the movie, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest, we see many aspects of human nature being analysed. The character McMurphy, [played by Jack Nickolson,] who was admitted into a mental institution for medical testing after having been convicted of statutory rape is an interesting character that reveals to us the nature of the human mind. It is obvious that McMurphy was only faking and he thought that he could get off from having to serve his sentence in a work camp. The viewers see how he planned to leave the camp to suit his needs. However, life does not always offer choices for us to manipulate the truth. He thought that he would be able to leave in a couple of months, the time of his sentence in the work camp, until he found out that he wouldn't be allowed to leave.McMurphy could not fool Nurse Ratchet .That shows us that although some people feel that they are very clever, there are always smarter people that they encounter. These are life's factors that the movie explores.After a few days we see that McMurphy began to view the patients as a group that needed more fun and enjoyment in their lives and he wanted to try to find some way that they could get out and go to a bar and watch the world series. A vital aspect o human behaviour that we see is the indifference of people towards other people's needs. This is shown through the attitude of the nursing staff who seemed uncaring to the lack of enjoyment in the lives of the patients. They basically refused to allow the patients to even watch the game on the TV during their chores even after having took a vote where a mute patient nicknamed 'Chief' for the first time communicated that he wanted to watch the game. McMurphy had befriended Chief and later discovered that he was not deaf and dumb but was only faking his muteness and they planned to escape together.It is interesting to note that McMurphy and the audience finds out that many of these patients were here only because they put themselves here and didn't want to leave even though they had the option to. This place was like a refuge for them. It is so sad.McMurphy tried his best to bring some fun and creativity to these patients' lives such as teaching them to play poker and gambling for cigarettes. This is a kind approach. This shows that when a man cares, he would go out that extra mile to make another person happy. This is a good human quality. He even went so far as to escape over a fence only to open the gate and to get the patients onto a nearby bus and drive them to the docks where he took them...

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