One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest Quotation Sandwiches

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Cuckoo’s Nest Quote Qs 1- Other
Big Nurse, or Nurse Ratched in Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is introduced as a very bossy and meticulous figure. Bromden is a patient at the ward and also narrator of the story, always describing the Nurse’s personality, looks, and actions. In one passage, Bromden describes how he always sees her with figurative language; “I see her sit in the center of this web of wires like a watchful robot, tend her network with mechanical insect skill, know every second which wire runs where and just what current to send up to get the result she wants.” (Kesey 29). Kesey used similes to relate Nurse Ratched to a watchful robot and the ward as her network. This lets readers infer that she is very controlling and is seen by herself and the patients as superior. At the mental hospital the story takes place at, they use electric shock therapy and other treatments of the like to supposedly help treat the patients. The idea of electricity is hinted as Kesey related her knowing of where and when everything happens by relating it to wires sending currents. Nurse’s controllingness could lead to problems later on in the book because Bromden is always complaining in his narration of how he is treated and the new patient, McMurphy, also proves to like having authority. Tension is already forming between characters which could possibly result in rebellion rebellion. The passage characterizes the Nurse as well as the treatments of the hospital between the lines.

Cuckoo’s Nest QS 2- Other
McMurphy begins his quest of revolution harshly, mocking patients’ flaws and disabilities in order for them to recognize individuality. Harding’s ashamement of his long, white, and dainty hands represent his lack of power. When McMurphy tries to get everyone to vote to convince Nurse Ratched to change their TV time, McMurphy attempts to mock Harding’s hands. McMurphy chuckles at Harding when he doesn’t raise his hand, “Harding, what’s wrong with...
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