Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.
Both of these novels involve characters who try and fight the concrete, systematic institutions but prove to be unsuccessful towards the end.
Although the institutions in these novels hold the power and ability to change a person, it is obvious that they are not changing for the better because in the end the person is left with no independent thought and are manipulated into conforming to the institution.
By the government controlling every aspect of language the only thoughts that one will have are those that are approved by Big Brother. The government of Big Brother designs these organizations to ensure that all of Oceania has the same views on everything by manipulating the citizens to act and think a certain way.
An example of an activity designed to complete this is The Two Minute Hate. Winston describes how The Two Minute Hate is intentionally designed to manipulate everyone into joining in even if they despise Big Brother. This is mind blowing and shocking that the party holds so much control over the Oceania citizens.
Most of the patients in this ward do not have any mental incapacity they voluntarily committed themselves to the ward merely because they are different.
In these novels it is apparent that the citizens of Oceania and the patients of the psychiatric ward are only happy when they feel a sense of human connection.
Before McMurphy the patients on the ward are manipulated into believing that laughter is bad, Tanner the author of Salvation Through Laughter: Nurse Ratched caused this fear because if the patients realize the joy that comes from laughing they may begin to suspect that she is discouraging all things that bring one joy.
When McMurphy enters the ward he makes the other patients aware of the ways that Nurse Ratched is manipulating them and he takes on the task of putting a stop to the control that Nurse Ratched holds. McMurphy introduces his fellow patients to the idea of laughter and fun, by doing this McMurphy causes them to feel happy and in return more self-assured.
This new found self-confidence is a trait that all the patients were lacking and were hoping to find through the psychiatric ward.
Similarly in these novels the human connection of love between two people holds a strong importance in the characters lives.
If all the citizens of Oceania allowed affection in their lives eventually the party would lose control because the citizens would not be frustrated and therefore the party would have nothing to feed off of.
This further supports the fact that a human connections results in a happier and stronger person. A human connection is evidently the only thing that can give the characters strength and keep them sane, however unfortunately the institution ultimately prevails because of the dominating power it holds over the characters.
Although Winston says that no matter what awaits him at the Ministry of Truth he will never betray Julia or himself he is unable to keep his promise due to the fact that The Ministry of Truth holds an indestructible power.
This is evident through the suicide of Billy Bibbit and the lobotomy performed on McMurphy. After Billy slept with the prostitute he begins to feel confident however his confidence is shattered when Nurse Ratched finds him with the prostitute and threatens to tell his mother what he has done.
Billy is evidently unable to deal with this threat and he unfortunately cuts his throat and is the cause of his death. Nurse Ratched knows that Billy is unable to have confrontations with his mother and because of this she regains all the control that she had lost. This is very similar to when Winston is in The Ministry of Truth and they use his phobia of rats as power to manipulate him.
Furthermore, Nurse Ratched uses her power towards McMurphy by declaring that a lobotomy be performed on him. McMurphy did not need or deserve a lobotomy but because Nurse Ratched is a figure of authority and has power she therefore is unfairly able to have anything done to her patients.
The power of these authoritative figures causes the citizens of Oceania and the patients of the psychiatric ward to conform to the institutions principles. Although all of the characters are fortunate enough to experience some type of human connection it always ends badly due to the manipulative institutions.
In conclusion, as long as there are institutions that will contain figures of authority that have more power there will never be a time where humans can dominate an institution.One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (novel) Jump to navigation Jump to search.
This One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest () is a novel written by Ken Kesey. George Sorensen: A man with germaphobia, he spends his days washing his hands in the ward's drinking fountain. Rebellion in George Orwell’s and Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest George Orwell’s and Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest are two excellent and closely related novels.
Set in two very different times, these two novels are essentially about the rebellious fighting spirit of . Orwell’s and the comparable Kesey’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, are dominated with controlling institutions that hold complete power over their societies.
Whether it is a government party called Big Brother that enforces totalitarianism or a psychiatric hospital that places emphasis. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey The novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest was written by Ken Kesey.
The novel takes place in a mental institute. McMurphy is a man who tries to escape a work farm (prison) by saying he is not "straight in the head". Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time.
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