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Illusion vs Reality - one flew over the cuckoos nest

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Danni Makkreel

on 21 January 2014

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Transcript of Illusion vs Reality - one flew over the cuckoos nest

Obsessed with the idea of holding high amounts of power
Great Gatsby Relation
Tom believed money gave him power, image, and love
Our "Everyday" Illusion
The Five Senses
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by: Ken Kesey
Illusion Vs Reality
Danni Makkreel
Growing up we've all had our own illusions
Theme - Reality vs. Illusion
Can we deny what we see?
But its real, isn't it?
Through influence is it understood?
Proper judgement needs to be established
The novel takes place in the 1960's
The novel focuses on a mental ward and it's patients, and the narration of Chief Bromdem, a large indian man who is thought to be deaf and uneducated
Randle McMurphy is a new patient who pleads insanity to get out of prison time for his previous crimes
Nurse Ratched is the head nurse at the ward, upholding allot of power and decision making, she oppresses the patients from regular life
McMurphy loves to oppose power, and gain authority in the ward to make the patients feel 'free' and 'human'
The entire novel revolves around searching for freedom, becoming a man, and resisting the wrong forms of power
The Illusion of Holding Power
In denial that someone can easily take this power away or defy it
She has high expectations of both herself, and the patients at the ward, which is considerably unrealistic
In reality, '1960's women' didn't hold any authority over men, she believed herself to be more powerful
Examples from the text
“Now calm down. The best thing we can do is go on with our daily routine.”
“I hope you’re finally satisfied. Playing with human lives-gambling with human lives-as if you thought yourself to be a GOD” (Kesey 318)
After this incident, McMurphy attacks the head nurse for her 'wrong doings'
In denial that shes just a regular women with an illusion of power over men, and realizing that she corrupted the ward with her 'hopes' and 'expectations, she sends McMurphy for electro shock treatment
In attempts to regain power when reality set in place, Nurse Ratched had turned McMurphy into a vegetable, and for some reason, was proud of this decision; stuck in her illusion.
Daisy found love in a new man, and tom began to clue into reality, that money doesn't buy love
In denial to the reality of the situation, Tom created a setup that lead to Gatsby's death in order to regain his illusion once again
"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."

- Saul Bellow
Can anyone really differentiate between

illusion and reality?
"In our natural state, we are glorious beings. In the world of illusion, we are lost and imprisoned, slaves to our appetites and our will to false power."
- Marianne Williamson

living this "image", is the
illusion of reality
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