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"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Feminism

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Alex Johnson

on 28 May 2012

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Transcript of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Feminism

-"Some was she has regained all her old power in a few short minutes just sitting there, smiling up at the ceiling and not saying anything. She has taken control again and made anyone aware that she's the force in here to be dealt with."(145)
-"I didn't think the nurse had the say-so on this kind of thing."(191)
- She has taken control again and made everyone aware...."(153)
-These quotes show the the nurse, the woman, is in charge. She takes control and cares for all the men in the facility. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey- Feminism -"The Big Nurse tests a needle against her fingertip.'I'm afraid'-she stabs the needle down the rubber-capped vial and lifts the plunger-'that is exactly what the new patient is planning: to take over."(27)
-This quote is significant because it shows that a man is coming in to take over rather than a woman. It also shows the role of a man and a woman by telling that the man should be the head of the ward. -"And when the Big Nurse gave in to the black boys frustrated pleading and came in to check McMurphy's cleaning assignment personally...."(160)
- In the ward, the men do the cleaning instead of the women. The Big Nurse only makes sure they clean it well enough. The men in the ward don't like how Nurse Ratched is in charge and tells all the men what to do and when to do it. They think they should be able to do whatever they want when they want to do it. The men think that Nurse Ratched, a woman, shouldn't be telling them what to do. "Tell me, Mr. McMurphy, how does one go about showing a woman who's boss, I mean other than laughing at her?" (70) "...and he grins at her like he knows he's got her whipped now" (143). This quote is significant because it shows that McMurphy thinks he has power over Nurse Ratched when she is the one deciding how long he stays at the ward and if he goes up to the disturbed ward or not. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest woman are feared by men. The book's central idea is that any man can be emasculated by a woman no matter how masculine they were before they entered the ward. What is Feminism? It is an organized movement started in the twentieth century for equal rights for women
socially, politically, and economically. Ken Kesey incorporated feminism as one theme in his book.
At the time he wrote his story, feminism was a controversial movement of equality for women.
This movement created a struggle/conflict between the power of the sexes.
Kesey capitalized on the conflict Feminism in
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Big Nurse Ratched is the main female of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Although there are several sexist comments about her physical appearance, her role as a woman in the story contradicts the typical female. She is all powerful. She is supposed to be helping the patients, however, she has them write down each others weaknesses so they can talk about them at the meetings, and for several patients, this causes more harm than good. Nurse Ratched is not the only one who is powerful, Harding's wife also has a role throughout the book. Harding believes that his wife is sleeping around. When she visits Harding she starts flirting with McMurphy. Billy Bibbit's mother also overpowers her son. She keeps him away from the real world, and he is incapable to deal with the real world. He has always been afraid of his mom.
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