He is guilty of battery and gambling. Chief bromden asserts himself for the first time, answering Nurse Ratched without stuttering. The s began the controversial movement towards deinstitutionalization  an act that would have affected the characters in Kesey's novel.
He stands against the wall in a disturbing messianic position with arms outstretched. Scanlon has fantasies of blowing things up. With Bromden, Martini, and Scanlon the only patients who attended the boat trip left on the ward, McMurphy is brought back in.
A hell-raising patient who challenges the rules until the Big Nurse authorizes his lobotomy. McMurphy persuades one of the women to seduce Billy Bibbit, a timid, boyish patient with a terrible stutter and little experience with women, so he can lose his virginity.
Sefelt refuses to take his Chief bromden medication, as it makes his teeth fall out and as such makes him self-conscious over his appearance. The young night nurse.
He believes society is controlled by a large, mechanized system which he calls "The Combine. The next morning, Nurse Ratched threatens to tell his mother; fearing the loss of his mother's love, Billy has an emotional breakdown and commits suicide by cutting his own throat.
Plot[ edit ] The book is narrated by "Chief" Bromden, a gigantic yet docile half-Native American patient at a psychiatric hospital, who presents himself as deaf and mute. McMurphy constantly antagonizes Nurse Ratched and upsets the routines of the ward, leading to endless power struggles between the inmate and the nurse.
A nervous, shy, and boyish patient with an extreme speech impediment, Billy cuts and burns himself, and has attempted suicide numerous times. His salvation is completed when he performs a mercy killing on the lobotomized McMurphy and escapes from the hospital.
McMurphy's rebellion inspires him to stand up to Nurse Ratched. Described as very attractive. A patient on the Disturbed ward, above the main ward, who says nothing but "loo, loo, loo!
It is this conversation that causes McMurphy to fall in line for a time. Three black men who work as aides in the ward. These authority figures provide Bromden with fodder for his dark vision of society as an oppressive conglomeration that he calls the Combine.
Cheswick, a man of much talk and little action, drowns in the pool—possibly a suicide—after McMurphy does not support Cheswick when Cheswick takes a stand against Nurse Ratched. Schools in Westport, Maine removed it from required reading lists. Described as very attractive.
He wakes up to discover that Old Blastic died in the night. Similarly, Foucault argued that invisible forms of discipline oppressed individuals on a broad societal scale, encouraging them to censor aspects of themselves and their actions. Read an in-depth analysis of Randle McMurphy.
It is also possible that, like McMurphy, Bromden was sane when he entered the hospital but that his sanity slipped when he received what is rumored to be electroshock treatments.
Williams is a dwarfhis growth stunted after witnessing his mother being raped by white men. Ellis was put in a vegetative state by electroshock therapy. Bancini suffered brain damage at birth but managed to hold down simple jobs, such as a switch operator on a lightly-used railroad branch lineuntil the switches were automated and he lost his job, after which he was institutionalized.
They deemed the book "pornographic" and said it "glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles, and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination".
In the end, McMurphy attacks Nurse Ratched, sacrificing his freedom and his health in exchange for freeing the previously shackled spirits of the cowed patients on the ward.
He is a veteran of the First World War, and spends his days "explaining" objects through metaphor. McMurphy persuades one of the women to seduce Billy Bibbit, a timid, boyish patient with a terrible stutter and little experience with women, so he can lose his virginity. He suffers from paranoia and hallucinations, has received multiple electroshock treatments, and has been in the hospital for ten years, longer than any other patient in the ward.
McMurphy manages to persuade him to lead a fishing expedition for the patients after discovering he had captained a PT boat during World War II. The head administrative nurse, Nurse Ratchedrules the ward with absolute authority and little medical oversight.
One night, Rawler castrates himself while sitting on the toilet and bleeds to death before anyone realizes what he has done. The book takes its title from a nursery rhyme Chief learned from his Native American grandmother. Sefelt has a seizure while they are having sex.
Acutes[ edit ] The acutes are patients who officials believe can still be cured. The oldest patient in the ward, he suffers from severe senile dementia and cannot move without a wheelchair.Insult is added to injury when Chief is forced to adopt his mother's white name, Bromden, rather than his father's Indian name.
Chief played high school football, which enabled him to travel to different areas. Chief is the narrator of the story and for most of the book, he’s just an observer.
He watches how McMurphy interacts with the men, what McMurphy is trying to do, and how the staff reacts. Because Chief pretends to be deaf and unable to speak, people talk freely around him, allowing him to learn. Chief Bromden, a patient in a psychiatric institution, is the narrator of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
In some ways, he is an excellent choice to tell the story. In some ways, he is an excellent choice to tell the story. Insult is added to injury when Chief is forced to adopt his mother's white name, Bromden, rather than his father's Indian name.
Chief played high school football, which enabled him to travel to different areas. Chief Bromden is the deuteragonist of the book and film One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (the former form of which Chief narrates). He is a half-Indian (actually half Native American) fellow patient and close friend of Randle McMurphy.
Chief Bromden - The narrator of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Chief Bromden is the son of the chief of the Columbia Indians and a white woman.
He suffers from paranoia and hallucinations, has received multiple electroshock treatments, and has been in the hospital for.Download