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Thorough Analysis Of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" By Ken Kesey.. 4 Important Characters, Quotes, Conflict & Setting

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Mo Zaky9/8/2004Ms. FiskOne Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken KeseySummary:Randle McMurphy does not object to being transferred from jail to a mental institution because he thinks a mental institution will be far more comfortable than jail. Little does he realize that the mental institution is a dreary place tyrannized by Nurse Ratched, who punishes insubordination with electroshocks and lobotomy. McMurphy tries to rally the patients against Ratched, and he is successful; however, he realizes that Ratched is the only one who could ever free him from the institution. He begins to listen to her, but when a patient drowns himself because he feels betrayed by McMurphy, McMurphy rebels against her once again. He is lobotomized, the patients are all transferred to a different ward, and the narrator, Chief Bromden, regains his sanity and escapes through a window.Four Important Characters:Chief Bromden- Chief Bromden is a half-White, half-Native-American who throughout his childhood was always made to feel inferior. He was bullied and his opinion was never cared for. He eventually began to withdraw into himself, until he began to talk so rarely that he was believed by many to be deaf and dumb. He is in the institution for paranoia, hallucinations, and the fact that he believes himself to be small and weak, while he is 6'7 and muscular. He narrates the story.McMurphy- McMurphy is the protagonist of the book. He tries to bring life to the mental institution, and is successful at first. He leads the other patients against the tyranny of Nurse Ratched. He rallies them against her, while trying to better their lives one by one. He takes them fishing, gives them parties, and even orders a prostitute for one of the patients. He sacrifices himself for the good of the patients.Nurse Ratched- Nurse Ratched is the antagonist of the novel. She shows no signs of femininity or humanity. She is a cruel tyrant who oppresses the patients and punishes insubordination with electroshocks and lobotomy.Charles Cheswick: Cheswick is a patient at the mental institution. At one point, McMurphy decides that he is going to conform to Nurse Ratched's rules. Cheswick, feeling betrayed, drowns himself in the pool. This suicide shows McMurphy just how much influence he has over the other patients, and that he in fact is their savior.Setting:Mental Institution, Oregon, 1950sConflict:The very masculine and oppressive Nurse Ratchet tries to deprive the patients of their humanity. She slowly whittles away at them, reducing them into cowering people who she rules over. McMurphy rallies the patients against her by making them all flaunt their personalities and sexuality in front of Nurse Ratchet. This escalates into a violent rebellion in which the patients are ultimately freed or transferred to another ward, although McMurphy is lobotomized by...

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