A patient obsessed with explosives and destruction. Afterward, the three black boys maliciously forcibly delouse him, cruelly knowing the mental anguish this will cause him.
Three black men who work as aides in the ward. She is the embodiment of the institution, the rules, the law, the Order. The next morning, Bromden learns Blastic died during the night. Billy Bibbit has a crush on her and McMurphy arranges a night for Candy to sleep with him.
Nurse Ratched finds Billy and the prostitute in each other's arms, partially dressed, and admonishes him. An elderly African American aide who works the late shift in the ward.
Bromden is presumed by staff and patients alike to be deaf and mute, and through this guise he becomes privy to many of the ward's dirtiest secrets. An unruly One flew over the cuckoo s who was released before McMurphy arrived, a broken man.
A free-spirited, rebellious con man, sent to the hospital from a prison work farm. She discusses him with a nurse in the station, and compares him to a former patient, Maxwell Taber, who she says was a manipulator which is how she sees McMurphy. Even so it took four or five meetings, over a year, during which the role was offered to other actresses such as Angela LansburyAnne Bancroftand Geraldine Page for Fletcher to secure the role of Nurse Ratched.
Five residents of Strongsville, Ohio sued the local Board of Education to remove the novel from classrooms. Each individual's experiences were said to vary; emotions and experiences ranged from transformations into other life forms, religious experiences, and extreme empathy.
The doctor tries not to laugh. The doctor compares it to a small world within the larger world. The ward is the place that takes those who don't fit and either forces them to fit or never lets them go.
This is because the subtlety of her actions prevents her prisoners from understanding they are being controlled at all. Similarly, Foucault argued that invisible forms of discipline oppressed individuals on a broad societal scale, encouraging them to censor aspects of themselves and their actions.
She will not hesitate to restrict her patients' access to medication, amenities, and basic human necessities if it suits her manipulative whims.
McMurphy constantly antagonizes Nurse Ratched and upsets the routines of the ward, leading to endless power struggles between the inmate and the nurse. Banned from the St. Enraged at what she has done to Billy, McMurphy attacks Ratched, attempting to strangle her to death, tearing off her uniform and revealing her breasts to the patients and aides who are watching.
Brooks identified a patient for each of the actors to shadow, and some of the cast even slept on the wards at night. Once Kesey realized what he was watching, he promptly changed stations. Vintery, mintery, cutery, corn, Apple seed and apple thorn, Wire, briar, limber lock Three geese in a flock One flew East One flew West And one flew over the cuckoo's nest Chief Bromden's grandmother sang a version of this song to him when he was a child, a fact revealed in the story when the Chief received yet another ECT treatment after he assisted McMurphy with defending George, a patient being abused by the ward's aides.
Bromden describes her face as being precisely made, like a doll, with everything seemingly working except for the odd color of her lips and fingernails and her irregularly large bosom, which she does her best to hide under her uniform.
He introduces himself as a gambling fool, saying that he requested to be transferred to the hospital to escape the drudgery of the Pendleton Work Farm. Forman wrote in Acutes[ edit ] The acutes are patients who officials believe can still be cured.
A mutual acquaintance, the casting director Fred Rooshad already mentioned her name as a possibility. Billy has a fear of women, especially those with authority such as his mother.
Harding points to Bromden sweeping in a corner and says that Bromden is now just a cleaning machine after taking so much electroshock. Eventually, after McMurphy nearly chokes her to death in a fit of rage, Nurse Ratched has him lobotomized.
A man with germaphobiahe spends his days washing his hands in the ward's drinking fountain. Nurse Ratched ensures that the discussion about Harding, a homosexual, and his wife make him supremely uncomfortable.
Spivey reads a note from the doctor at the work farm that suggests McMurphy is feigning psychosis to get out of having to do physical labor. But before she can get going, the other patients start to wake up and emerge.
Plot[ edit ] The book is narrated by "Chief" Bromden, a gigantic yet docile half-Native American patient at a psychiatric hospital, who presents himself as deaf and mute.
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