A summary of the novel one flew over the cuckoos nest by ken kesey

She is assisted by her three day-shift orderlies and her assistant doctors. She finds him in the Seclusion Room with Candy. To them, Nurse Ratched previously symbolized the cold, unfeeling, and mechanized nature of the hospital; by revealing her womanhood, this facade is destroyed and the men realize her weakness.

A disturbance after the fishing trip results in McMurphy and the Chief being sent for electroshock therapy sessions, but such punishment does little to curb McMurphy's rambunctious behavior.

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They claim to have forgotten he was involuntarily committed, for with rare exceptions, all of the others entered the hospital voluntarily. Described as very attractive. He had also been charged with, but never convicted of - due to the girl in question not wishing to testify so as not to implicate herself and her willingness to participate - statutory rape. He returns, presumably after having undergone shock treatment. Down at the Disturbed Ward, a nurse treats McMurphy's and Bromden's wounds and tells them that not every ward is run as autocratically as Nurse Ratched's. The novel is a direct product of Kesey's time working the graveyard shift as an orderly at a mental health facility in Menlo Park, California. McMurphy takes the opportunity to explain his arrest for statutory rape, suggesting that the girl was of legal age and certainly more than consenting. McMurphy's rebellion inspires him to stand up to Nurse Ratched. Chief relates that a bluetick hound smells his own "fear burning down into him like steam. The two win the fight but are sent to the Disturbed Ward. They are ruled by Nurse Ratched, a former army nurse who runs the ward with harsh, mechanical precision. Soon after, Cheswick drowns when he gets his fingers stuck in the grate at the bottom of the pool. McMurphy cannot conceive that these men would choose to live in the hospital, but Billy tells him that they are too weak to leave.

The other inmates ratify the plan while Nurse Ratched's hands begin to shake—her first significant sign of weakness. 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.

Afterward, McMurphy confronts Harding about the way the inmates defer to Ratched so readily. Bromden is presumed by staff and patients alike to be deaf and mute, and through this guise he becomes privy to many of the ward's dirtiest secrets.

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It's still hard for me to have a clear mind thinking on it. As a result off his rambunctious behavior, the inevitable battle between McMurphy and Nurse Ratched begins.

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McMurphy swaggers into the ward and introduces himself as a gambling man with a zest for women and cards. A disturbance after the fishing trip results in McMurphy and the Chief being sent for electroshock therapy sessions, but such punishment does little to curb McMurphy's rambunctious behavior. She tells Bibbit that his mother will learn of his indiscretion, forcing Bibbit to betray his fellow patients in general and McMurphy in particular. Old Blastic: An old patient who is in a vegetative state. Other characters[ edit ] Candy: The prostitute McMurphy brings on the fishing trip. Into the sterile, hermetically sealed world of the asylum wanders Randall P. Spivey, however, acts as the second chaperone. She suggests in a meeting that McMurphy is trying to manipulate them.
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