One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest

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I am writing to assist you in your plight of indecision as to which books to keep on the library shelf. In my opinion, you should put into consideration the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It is a wonderful read. This book most definitely left an impact on me as I’m sure it has impacted others. It is the kind of book that lasts throughout the generations because of the message it sends to its audience. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is told from the perspective of Chief Bromden, who is a patient in a psychological ward, living under the harsh rules of Nurse Ratched. All of the patients submit to her ways until McMurphy is admitted to their ward. He has a rebellious nature which encourages the others to regain their individuality that had been suppressed by the Big Nurse asserting her power over them in an attempt to thrust them into conformity. McMurphy eventually saw that he became their leader and continuously rebelled, though it put himself at risk. In the end, McMurphy made the ultimate sacrifice to finally end Nurse Ratched’s tyranny by attacking her and permanently breaking her power over them. In doing that he forfeited his own life. I believe that McMurphy breaking the glass at the Nurses’ station is the best part of the book. It is the part where McMurphy consciously makes the decision to be the leader of the other patients and to act selflessly for their sake. In breaking the glass, it represents the control Nurse Ratched has over the patients. He reminds them that her power over them is always present, while simultaneously suggesting that their knowledge of her power renders that power breakable. The book says, “This was supposed to be her final victory over him, supposed to establish her rule once and for all. But here he comes and he’s as big as a house!” Instead of Nurse Ratched reclaiming control, her power over them weakened even further. This book is a real doozy. Any person can relate to it because everyone struggles with the...
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