Nurse Ratched: Nurse Ratched is not only the head of the ward, but also one of the most hated villains in all of popular culture. Rules should never have a negative effect on the people who follow them. Another sequence in the film differs greatly from the novel. Ultimately, the story tells of how insanity can be brought… 1245 Words 5 Pages An exceptionally tall, Native American, Chief Bromden, trapped in the Oregon psychiatric ward, suffers from the psychological condition of paranoid schizophrenia. She uses a carrot-and-stick approach to make the inmates afraid of physical punishment for the slightest disobedience. She is stiff, patronizing and mean. The producers decided to shoot the film in the , an actual mental hospital, as this was also the setting of the novel.
In the novel, Chief Bromden is the narrator who reveals the story of the battle of wills between Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy. The Electroshock Therapy Table The table used for electroshock therapy is loosely associated with crucifixion. Bromden in the beginning A. This is most vividly expressed in the extended metaphor of the Combine, which Chief perceives as the world at large. Many of the other inmates are afraid of the Institution and cannot escape.
At least I did that. Everything the guys think and say and do is all worked out months in advance. Even though the fog can be considered to be frightening at times, he starts to see it as a safety net — it enables him to hide in plain sight. The vivid image of the electric shock table is ever present. Only rust spills, not blood, further supporting his belief that the hospital has taken the life and the humanity from him. Slowly, other patients begin to join him.
He also consistently fleeces the other inmates in gambling games. An overarching theme of the film, therefore, is that authorities control and manipulate individual behavior to keep order in society. Or the cross-shaped table on which the victims of electroshock therapy lie. Freedom and Captivity The setting of the mental hospital presents a paradoxical environment, as it is a place of captivity, but also, allegedly, a place to recover from mental illness and become integrable with the outside world. Individual Behavior and Social Control The movie pits the anarchic spirit of Randall Patrick McMurphy against 's desire to control chaos. Why did Kesey choose to make these characters black? In reality, mental institutions systematically destroy what they are claim there are trying to preserve — the human spirit.
McMurphy, Chief, and Cheswick get into a fight with the orderlies after the latter becomes agitated over his stolen cigarettes. The novel carefully establishes a character not in the film, Big George. Douglas brought in as co-producer. Soman Chainani, February 19, 2008, and Adam Kissel, ed. Ken Kesey, a big believer in individuality and the freedom to be oneself, brought new meaning to the world of psychiatry that changed treatments forever. The most notable difference between the film and the novel is the story's point of view.
Kesey and his words do justice to the human experience and the themes are explored with depth, and sympathy. Douglas recalls that it was not until later that he found out that many of them were criminally insane. This explains how McMurphy is able to bring Chief along on the fishing excursion in the novel, a detail not explained in the film. Nurse Ratched represents the control and dominance of the government in the 50s, and Bromden Chief represents the oppression of non-white people by the government and McCarthyism. Furthermore, the table acts similarly to the public crucifixions of the Roman era.
The film, released in 1975, won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor Jack Nicholson , Best Actress Louise Fletcher , Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman , and Best Director Milos Forman. In which Blastic is sliced opened. His mother is overbearing and treats him like a child even though he is an adult. The equation of difference with danger allows Ratched and the hospital to control the community more effectively. In the end he is destroyed by the machinery within the hospital and symbolizes the fate of all people within a civilized society where conformity is valued above all else.
Conformity is the engine upon which the hospital runs, so McMurphy's deviance and transgression becomes a dangerous threat. As mentioned earlier, Nurse Ratched also exploits the patients mentally and psychologically. Cheswick proves to be a man who talks more than he acts, and later drowns himself when McMurphy does not stand with him when Cheswick finally gains the inner strength to stand up to Nurse Ratched. McMurphy and Chief make plans to escape, but decide to throw a secret party for their friends after Ratched leaves for the night. In doing so, Nurse Ratched becomes a metaphor for the entire mental institution, the government, society at large—or to put it simply: any and every powerful institution that exists to regulate, control, and categorize groups of people. Dehumanized by Nurse Ratched 1. Once McMurphy realizes that he might never get out, being involuntarily committed subject to Ratched's will, he for a while follows his self-interest.