By: Kevin Jackson
Have you ever had a teacher, coach, family member, or even a friend who wants to have complete control over everything you do? Nurse Ratched (Ratched) is the type of person who wants control, but at the same time she wants everyone to think of her as a nice woman. Ratched wants her mental institution to be like a dictatorship. The only difference is that Ratched wants it done more secretly, so that all of Ratcheds’ patients think that they are in great hands. Throughout the book Ratched starts to lose her authority, because of Randle McMurphy (McMurphy). When McMurphy first comes to Ratcheds’ institution McMurphy informs all the other patients that at that point he was going to be the top dog.
When McMurphy came to the institution Ratched knew that he was going to be a problem, because of the way he introduced, and intimidated all of the other patients. “The Big Nurse tests a needle against her fingertip. “I'm afraid"-she stabs the needle down in the rubber-capped vial and lifts the plunger-"that is exactly what the new patient is planning: to take over. He is what we call a 'manipulator,' Miss Flinn, a man who will use everyone and everything to his own ends." (Kesey, 1962, pg. 27) Miss Ratched is afraid because she herself is a manipulator. Manipulate means to manage or influence skillfully, especially in an unfair manner. Which means Miss Ratched is afraid that if he gains control of the other patients in the mental institution, she herself will have no control over them. She thinks that one of her only methods to get to McMurphy is to try to get under his skin. For example she always calls him Mr. McMurry instead of Mr. McMurphy. But that does not even work, because he uses it to get back with at her. Miss Ratched starts to realize right away that McMurphy is on to her, and that her tactics are not going to work on him. For example when McMurphy questions Harding about McMurphys’ first experience at the