McMurphy shows many signs and symptoms of antisocial personality disorder .
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) is a novel written by Ken Kesey. Set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital, the narrative serves as a study of institutional processes and the human mind as well as a critique of psychiatry and a tribute to individualistic principles.
The modern literary classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest used to be banned from high schools because it was too counter-culture. Too edgy. Too “Ken Kesey psychedelic.” Now it’s banned from a Juneau theater company because it’s racist and misogynistic.
Chief tells McMurphy that eventually the Combine caused his father to sell the tribal lands and waterfalls. His father wound up a destitute alcoholic. He warns McMurphy that the Combine will work on McMurphy as well, because it believes he’s too big.
If McMurphy serves as a Christ figure, Nurse Ratched is the Antichrist. She represents authority, conformity, bureaucracy, repression, evil , and death. Hoping to turn the men against McMurphy, she blames him for taking away the patients’ privileges and cigarettes.
McMurphy is given a lobotomy for his attack on Nurse Ratched. When he is returned to the ward after the operation, he is a vegetable. That same night, Bromden suffocates McMurphy with a pillow. He throws the control panel through a window screen and escapes from the hospital, hitching a ride with a trucker.
Ratched ending Throughout the series, Nurse Ratched tries to keep her foster brother from facing the death penalty. However, in the end, she understands that it can be warded off no longer and she tries to make the death as quick as possible.
The book’s publication contributed to a backlash against the entire psychiatric treatment system in the US in the 1960s. Huge, spirit-crushing state institutions – like the Oregon facility later depicted in the film – began reducing their excessive resident numbers and granting patients more rights.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was the first film to fully show Nicholson’s range. The movie took Nicholson to a whole new level. He won the first of his three Oscars, one of only six actors to notch that number, for his portrayal of McMurphy. (He’s been nominated a total of 12 times, the most of any male actor.)
When Chief Bromden sees McMurphy’s lobotomy scars at the end of this movie, he realizes that the hospital has made McMurphy into an obedient zombie for life. That’s why Chief decides to kill McMurphy . In his mind, this is the only way to give Mac back his freedom.
At the end of the film, Ratched wins and Mac loses. Chief represents the one small victory that McMurphy’s attempt to liven the ward brings, but everyone else falls right back in line with the status quo that Mac desperately tried to change.
Cheswick is one of the Acutes, the first patient to support McMurphy when he pits himself against Nurse Ratched. When McMurphy doesn’t support Cheswick in his own stand against Nurse Ratched, Cheswick commits suicide . His suicide shows McMurphy that he has more influence over the men than he realized.
There’s just one problem. Chief Bromden is perhaps a paranoid schizophrenic, and as a result he is heavily medicated most of the time. Bromden believes the Combine, a mysterious syndicate, runs everything through the use of machine and human agents like Nurse Ratched and her evil minions, the orderlies.
Chief Bromden is a Columbia Indian who suffers from schizophrenia . Although he plays a central role in the story, he is largely an observer. Chief is an interesting narrator because he is certainly not unbiased, and his mental illness can also shed doubt on his reliability.
Bromden suffocates McMurphy in his bed, enabling him to die with some dignity rather than live as a symbol of Ratched’s power.