“The Bird who wore Green”
By focusing on the aspects of uniformity and the nature of insanity in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and King of Hearts, the careful reader can understand the importance of different peoples perception of what insanity really means and how uniformity has more meaningful depth to it; this focus of uniformity and the nature of insanity is useful because it allows a profounder significance when reading similar stories. In One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and King of Hearts, the concept of uniformity as a type of protection and how it shows individuality stand out in both stories. In One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Chief is finally able to escape the insane asylum. When he does so, he catches a ride with a Mexican man heading north. Chief wants to get as far away as possible from the asylum. “…professional Indian wrestler the syndicate had tried to lock up in a nuthouse that he stopped real quick and gave me a leather jacket to cover my greens” (324). When chief says “greens”, he is referring to the green uniforms that the people in the asylum wear to demonstrate the idea that they are all the same, that nothing distinguishes them from one another. This green uniform is a way to make sure that everyone is the identical and it is also considered to be a type of protection. Although, in this particular scene, the Mexican man gives Chief a jacket to “cover” this idea of uniform that the mental hospital imposed. When he puts the coat, that is the moment in which Chief finally becomes an individual. Chief has chosen to take off this layer of “protection” and become whomever he decides to be, not what the combine tells him to be. In King of Hearts, the characters are the exact opposite of one another when it comes to uniformity. Everyone from the soon to be blown up city fled while the insane people from the asylum wandered around and started to wear other people’s clothing. At the end of the movie though, they abruptly decide to go back to...
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