Chief Bromden

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Juwan Kinsey

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The Potrayal of Chief Bromden’s Shallowness and Upcomance

Bromden is a very conservative yet diverse character. In “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”, Ken Kesey depicts Bromden as an inconfident, shallow man with great hidden potenial that only shines when he is pushed. Many reasons of his flaws and triumphs can be seen through out the book.

There are several sources of Bromden’s shortcomings that contribute to him being seen as shallow. One of which being his overly abrasive childhood. When his tribe and family lost land to richer people who needed it for monetary purposes, he had an emotional drop. “But when his dad, who was the chief of the very large and modern Indian tribe, lost power due to the land lose, Bromden was truly broughy into an unexpected state of depression at a very young age.” (Telgen 222) His dad’s sadness and disappointment seemed to stack on to his emotions causing him to collapse. It’s derived of those emotions he later suppressed that he hit a major road bump in his older life. “Since he never truly let out his pent up feelings, Bromden developed a need to be alienated as far as way as possible from any form of attention thus causing him to fake being deaf and dumb.” (Telgen 222) Also, this lead him to become obedient of the black boys on the ward he resides on. It made him feel intimidated to do what ever they commanded, regardless of how demeaning. The pressure of the Combine it’s self seemed to have a drastic effect on him also. The way the fog machine designed by the Big Nurse caused him to become “lost”. It pulled him from reality and into a dream-like state of mind he felt was unbareable. The black boys mentioned earlier also caused him grief. The way they bullied him and called him “Chief Broom-den” didn’t help with his mental recovery in any way, shape, or form.

Bromden also changed over the course of the story and not just from McMurphy’s tactics. He had many

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