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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Chapter 25
Transcript of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Chapter 25
Doctor and the gas station workers
Nurse and the patients (control)
McMurphy and the other patients,
Changes Conflict "McMurphy was teaching me"(256).
McMurphy's responsibility to help
Teach the other patients
No need for the ward/combine Personal Responsibility Symbolism Candy Starr The Sea Foreshadowing Candy arrives at the Ward p 195 p 205 Service Station Bait Shop p 200 On the Boat p 210 Return to Bait Shop p 215 Return to Ward p 216 Morning at the Ward p 191 Imagery On the Boat Symbolizes the hardships and successes of real life Ironically, the trip to the sea is the most "therapeutic" for the patients Symbolizes the men's sexuality Opposite of Nurse Ratched Candy brings out the mental patients' sexuality, especially in Billy Bibbit Power of Insanity (202) Optimistic view - single viewpoint
Reinforced idea that fear was more powerful than love. Combine (203-204) uniform houses, people, …
repetition, no variance
beat writers and hippies - against “the system” (mainstream society) and how it shaped people. Rebellious Behavior takes boat without permission (207)
stare at people in car (203)
ignore Nurse’s warning
anti-authoritative attitude (192 -193) “I sat down and held the pole and watched the line swoop out into the wake. I smelt the air and felt the four cans of beer I drunk shorting out dozens of control leads down inside me; all around, the chrome sides of the swells flickered and flashed in the sun.” McMurphy Nurse Ratched McMurphy McMurphy Gas Station Workers The Captain Candy and the Patients Loafers Ongoing conflict but a new phase
Nurse realizes McMurphy is taking a cut
McMurphy sways Doc through Candy's beauty
This phase of conflict is quietly resolved McMurphy VS Nurse Ratched McMurphy VS Gas Station Workers •McMurphy picks up the pieces after Doc Spivey makes a mess.
•McMurphy inspires the other patients to be strong when dealing with adversity
•Shows McMurphy’s trait of manipulation
•Are the patients okay without McMurphy? Candy and the Patients VS Loafers •Loafers make fun of Candy and indirectly the patients (not defending Candy)
•Shows the patients still don’t have the confidence to stand up to adversity without McMurphy
•Highlights McMurphy’s importance- what happens if he goes? McMurphy VS The Captain McMurphy irresponsibly forgets the waiver
Captain, loafers, and cops waiting for the patients when they return
Doc stands up to them and McMurphy punches the Captain
Patients share a beer and return to the ward Allusions Saturday Evening Post (201)
Chinook, region (193)
Ford (196) Quote: "It was a fine woodsmoked autumn day...and everybody should've been happy just being outside in it. But we all stood in a silent bunch with our hands in our pockets...watching the townspeople who were driving past on their way to work slow down to gawk at all the loonies in green uniforms."(234). “The only one they noticed was the little kid at the end of the whip. He’d always be so scuffed and bruised that he’d show up out of place wherever he went. He wasn’t able to open up and laugh either. It’s a hard thing to laugh if you can feel the pressure of those beams coming from every new car that passes, or every new house you pass.” (240) “Then- as he was talking- a set of taillights going past lit up McMurphy’s face, and the windshield reflected an expression that was allowed only because he figured it’d be too dark for anybody in the car to see, dreadfully tired and strained and frantic, like there wasn’t enough time left for something he had to do...” McMurphy is tired from the outing Foreshadowing that the end is coming p.257 p.247