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Freedom is defined as 'the condition of being free of restraints'; but freedom for me has a greater and deeper meaning. Freedom is the power to make one's own decisions, the power to laugh, the power to speak one's mind with out boundaries. Freedom is a frame of mind. One is only truly free when they themselves believe it to be so. This mentality of freedom is best seen in Chief Bromden's character. Although he lives in world full of rules, he slowly but surely breaks from the chains, and begins to believe himself free, regardless of his location. This way of thinking, lead him to finally become physically free.

In the beginning of the novel the Chief is stuck in some sort of "fog" that acts as his way of hiding from the outside world and all his problems. Everyone on the ward thought him to be a deaf mute because he never talked. But the truth was that he wasn't deaf or mute, but it wasn't until he started coming out of the fog, that he began to improve. Chief once said that, " he knows you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just keep yourself in balance, just to keep you from running plumb crazy"(123). Laughter is what helped him to come out of him fog and talk for the first time in many years. " At first I started getting real mad. I though he was making fun of me like other people had…but the more I thought about it the funnier it seemed to me. I tried to stop but I could feel I was about to laugh-not at McMurphy's signing but at my own self"(134). After that moment, he began talking again; because of this he was freed from his old role as the deaf and dumb Indian. He swore that although, "its fogging a little, but I won't slip off and hide in it. No…never again"(241). This was his first step.

I also believe that self image has a lot to do with getting into the freedom mind-set. At first the chief says, "I'm way to little, I used to be big though, but not no more"(186). He honestly believes that he, a humungous man, is no taller than the...