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Sanity Vs Insanity in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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by Anne Bonnefoi on 12 November 2012

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Transcript of Sanity Vs Insanity in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Insanity Vs Sanity “One side of the room younger patients,
known as Acute because the doctors figure them sick enough to be fixed… The acutes move around a lot. They tell jokes to eachother and snicker in their fists… Across the room from the Acutes are the culls of the Combine’s product, the Chronics. Not in the hospital, these, to get fixed, but just to keep them from walking around the streets… what the chronics are-or most of us- are machines with flaws inside that can’t be replaced” (Kesey 15) Insanity vs. Sanity is represented from theses two quotes because they contrast how the patients of the Combine can show signs of sanity, but at other times show signs of insanity. When the acutes “snicker in their fists”, it reveals significant signs of insanity due to the childlike behaviors that you would not normally see in an adult. Additionally, when the Chief describe the patients as machines that “can’t” be fixed, it gives shows that there is no hope and that they do not actually define themselves because they are “machines”. However when McMurphy talks to them about how they do not have the guts to get out of the Combine and how they are not crazy, it gives the impression that they are sane. It is clear throughout the novel that McMurphy is sane with no signs of insanity, thus when he yells to them that they are not “crazy” it reveals how they are not machines and they can define their own life, making them sane. “Jesus, I mean you guys do nothing but complain about how you can’t stand it in this place here and then you haven’t got the guts just to walk out? What do you think you are for Christ sake, crazy or comething? Well you’re not! You’re not!” (Kesey 96) "http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=qSacr4GqNQU" In this video Agent Hotchner is profiling his team members and explains how each of them shield themselves from the horrors they see everyday when they are working. The team deals with psychopaths and the possibility of not finding a criminal or victim everyday. With the things that they see it is hard for them to remain sane in their own senses so they find ways to deal with the horror that they see daily. The scene relates to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest because the patients each have their own methods of ignoring the fact that they have no freedom until McMurphy comes and shows them what freedom really is. McMurphy also help many of the patients deal with their insecurities enough that they are ready to leave the hospital and Agent Hotchner does something similar for his team as he always makes sure they will be able to deal with what they see everyday.
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