Hello guys ! Well, I’m sad to inform you, but we’re in the last part of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Our journey with Bromden and McMurphy is coming to an end, so, without further notice, we’ll go ahead and finish it !
Nurse Ratched has another trick up her sleeve; she posted the patients’ financial statements that revealed that everyone’s accounts were declining except McMurphy. This caused the patients to question McMurphy’s motives at this institution. In addition, Ratched intentionally lets McMurphy take a call to keep him away from the Group Meeting, giving her the opportunity to attempt to manipulate the patients into the idea that his actions are only for his personal gain. Shortly, Harding argues that McMurphy never hid his gambling ways, so they only received their money’s worth.
Now, I will be the first one to say that I don’t agree with imposing harm towards others. However there is no doubt in my mind that McMurphy would do anything for only his benefit. If anything, he has only helped these patients see the best in themselves at his expense. He is the one that will more than likely have to pay for these antics in the end, but we’ll just have to see.
Unfortunately, Bromden had a different mindset about the situation. McMurphy asked him to lift the control panel to test his growth since the fishing trip, and he was able to move it a half a foot. Knowing that Bromden already moved the panel beforehand, McMurphy made and won a rigged bet with other patients. This made Bromden uncomfortable, and he couldn’t accept the five dollars from McMurphy due to the fact that he wins all the time.
Overall, the timing of this whole incident was a total disadvantage for McMurphy. The patients already have some doubt in his intentions. Specifically, Bromden feels that McMurphy has only used him to take advantage of the other patients in yet another bet of his. Let’s see what happens next !
Ratched ordered that everyone who went on the fishing trip to be cleansed. George has a fear of cleanliness and begged that the aides to not use a specific cleansing spray on him. McMurphy and Bromden fought the aides in George’s defense, causing them both to be sent to Disturbed.
I think that this personal risk solidified the patient’s trust for McMurphy because they finally see his true objective at this ward. In addition, it warms my heart to see Bromden gain some of his self-confidence. He has grown so much throughout this novel, and I hope to see more from him.Now, I’m super anxious to see what happens in the Disturbed ward tonight. This evening should be interesting !
The nice Japanese nice greeted them and explained that the nurses are pretty sick themselves and attempt to run the place like a army hospital.
Now, I don’t know about you, but that information about people who are supposed to be my caregivers would almost frighten me. That’s just me, but I’m gonna get back to the story !
Fast-forwarding, Ratched gives McMurphy an opportunity to avoid electroshock therapy if he admits that he was wrong, and he refuses. Bromden and he are sent to treatment that morning, which doesn’t phase McMurphy but terrifies Bromden. After treatment, Chief has a rush of images from his childhood and is able to resist the fog once he gains consciousness.
Now, it’s pretty evident that Bromden is no longer affected by this therapy treatment, showing that he is starting to have his own mindset about his true self.
On the other hand, McMurphy receives three more shock treatments and seems to have a nonchalant attitude about the consequences, but Bromden knows that they are starting to affect him. Ratched realizes that McMurphy is beginning to have a better influence since he has been out of sight, so she brings him back to the ward.
Now, let’s pause for a second, shall we ?
The novel mentions how McMurphy wondered if he would get a “crown of thorns,” which is an obvious allusion to the crucifixion of Christ. This imagery suggest that McMurphy may act as a martyr for the other patients in the institution since he is sacrificing himself for their sake of learning resistance against Ratched, which may explain Bromden’s new-found strength against the electroshock treatments due to the assistance of an unlikely savior. Now, this reasoning from Ratched doesn’t surprise me. Hopefully, everything turns up once he gets back.
“They’re still sick men in lots of ways. But at least there’s that: they are sick men now. No more rabbits, Mack.”
Anywho, the patients urge McMurphy to escape from the hospital because they know that Ratched is only going to continue to harass him. Instead, McMurphy reminds them that Billy still has his date with Candy that night.
Now, I appreciate how considerate that he is being in regards to Billy’s date, but I hope that he doesn’t push himself too far. I’m not a fan of Ratched, and I don’t know what she has in mind for McMurphy. Hopefully, he’ll take their advice and be a little conscious of his actions.
Meanwhile, McMurphy persuades Turkle, a night aid, to open the window for Candy as she arrives with Sandy and extensive amounts of alcohol. Everyone mixes vodka with their cough syrup while Turkle and McMurphy smoke joints. Sefelt has a seizure on Candy, and Harding sprinkles pills on them. Later that evening, or morning in their case, Candy and Billy decide to retreat in the Seclusion Room.
Let’s see how this goes for them!
They needed to devise a plan of escape before the staff arrived later that morning. Harding suggests that they tie up Turkle to where the situation looked like one of McMurphy’s attempt of escape. McMurphy would have the opportunity to be on his way with Sandy and Candy while Turkle nor the rest of the patients would get into any trouble. In response, McMurphy asked whether anyone else would be willing to leave with him; Harding makes a response that he is almost ready to leave the ward on his own with the rest of the patients feeling about the same way.
Now, I would have proceeded with Harding’s idea and went about my day, but, of course, McMurphy had other plans.
McMurphy and Sandy climb into bed together where the aides find them that morning. Bromden supposed that the consequences of this crime were certain since McMurphy would more than likely come back so that Nurse Ratched didn’t get the last act.
I agree with this theory from Bromden because it just doesn’t surprise me how stubborn McMurphy has been about all of his antics throughout this novel. I mean nothing has stopped him from his rebellious actions, so I don’t see what would change his mindset at this point. Anyways, let’s get back on track !
All of the patients are skeptical about the events that took place last night. Ratched discovers more remnants from the party, which causes the patients to break out in laughter and anger Ratched. McMurphy gets an opportunity to escape once Turkle undoes the screen to release Sandy; he refuses despite the repercussions that Harding explained to him. Nurse Ratched find Candy and Billy in bed together as they both act calmly and move “like cats full of warm milk.” When the nurse threatens to tell his mother, Billy becomes hysterical and blames McMurphy, Candy, and Harding for the entire situation. She sends Billy to Doctor Spivey’s offce while she clears up the whole situation, but Billy ends up committing suicide by cutting his throat. Nurse Ratched asked if he was satisfied with his accomplishments as she walks into the Nurses’ Station, and McMurphy smashes through the doors and rips open Ratched’s uniform as he attempts to strangle her before he is pulled off her while he cries out “ of cornered- animal fear and hate and surrender and defiance.”
I bawled my eyes out when I reached this part of the novel. They made so much progress since McMurphy has been in this ward, and Ratched had to provoke this man to his breaking point. McMurphy takes on the role of a Christ figure afterwards once he makes the ultimate sacrifice so that Billy’s death isn’t used as a method to undo what the patients have gained when he attacks Ratched and rips open uniform, which could be symbolic to the breaking of her power and the demolishment of his own life as well.
Many of the Acutes have transferred to another ward or have left the institution altogether. Ratched returns to the hospital from medical leave and is unable to speak and can’t have her former power over the ward. Soon, the only patients that are left are Martini, Scanlon, and Bromden. Due to his attack, McMurphy is given a lobotomy that leaves him as a vegetable. That same evening, Bromden suffocates McMurphy and throws the control panel out the window to escape the ward where he hitches a ride with a trucker.
I was in such a shock once I reached the end of this novel. Words can’t even explain the half of how I feel because I am just speechless. I don’t appreciate that Ratched tried to give McMurphy a fate that was worse than death because his vegetable state would only be a way for her to make an example of him to other patients along the way. Even though it gives me mixed emotions, I am glad that Bromden let McMurphy remain a dignified character by killing him so that he will always be an authentic resemblance of resistance to others.
Now, let’s briefly look at this novel !
This novel truly stands for something that was ahead of its time. The society that we live in attempts to use the tactics of Ratched to industrialize many people in this great nation. The “fog” that Bromden references throughout the novel represents the state of mind that our government tries to impose on us because many people are just plain ignorant to the conditions of our country. For example, many people aren’t fully aware of the impact of the government shut down on most American families. They have total disregard for the fact that many people are living in a paycheck-by-paycheck household, and the lack of support from the government only renders these families helpless.This is just one of many circumstances where the American people have fallen victim to these inconsiderate tactics of the government by one of two methods: they lose themselves or create their own graves.
Thank you all so much for your time ! I can’t believe this is my final post, so I guess I’ll see you all until next time !