20 February 2013
Power and Control in One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest
Both Ken Kesey the author of the novel One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest and Milos Forman the director of the film version, expose us to power and control strong nurses and aids acquire. Men carrying problems with women are placed in the mental institution ruled by Nurse Ratched. McMurphy a strong man that carries power in the outside world ends up joining the world of Nurse Ratched for his own problems. “My name is McMurphy, buddies, R.P. McMurphy, and I’m a gambling fool” (Kesey 11). He immediately shows off his confidence as he steps in the ward. In One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest, Kesey and Forman focus on how two leaders with different views and gender aim for power and control.
Nurse Ratched has all the power and control in her hands at the institution. Whether it is the patients’ medication time to bath time, she determined that. Her therapy method of getting men to speak loudly about their issues and women problem is her way of control. “Not a man here” (Forman). Ratched wants to put men down. She treats them like children and proving to them they are not true men. In the article “Fixing Men: Castration, Impotence, and Masculinity is Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Michael Meloy states, “Nurse Ratched—a sterile, distant, and oppressive feminine force who psychologically castrates the male patients” (3). Then men there are afraid of disobeying her because she is able to break them down in front one another like children. Meloy proves this by explaining, “That to castrate a male is to take away the very essence of his being, or his ‘spirit’” (4). Nurse Ratched takes away who their character is. She is able to dominate very single man in that institute. Chief Bromden describes the fear she creates among them men. The way she unlocks the door or stares at them through the window as she jots down notes. “I hide in the mop closet and listen,...
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