Essay about One flew over the cuckoos nest

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There are three major conflicts in the novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey. Both internal and external in nature their causes, effects, and resolutions are explored in great detail.

     The cause of the conflict between Mac and Ratched begins immediately. As soon as McMurphy enters the ward he shows his individuality. He’s loud, brassy and the chief says, “He sounds big.” McMurphy publicly introduces himself and stands out from the rest of the men. He shows that he wont be controlled. Ratched wants and expects complete control. She refers to Mac as a, “Manipulator,” who will, “…use everyone and everything to his own end. Ironically Ratched is also a Manipulator. Miss Ratched chooses the
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     The resolution of the conflict is near the end of the novel when McMurphy attacks Miss Ratched and knows that he would have to b lobotomized. The lobotomy is a loss for McMurphy and Miss Ratched finally finishes McMurphy off. McMurphy does win in a sense when Chief kills Mac so that he wouldn’t be an example in front of the ward. Him dieing shows his freedom.

     The cause of McMurphy’s internal conflict is when he finally realizes that he is actually committed to the institution. The two sides of his conflict are, a Mac that wants to be himself no matter what but face the consequences and a Mac that will be a good patient and maybe get out of the institution earlier. “Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Puts a man in one confounded bind, I’d say.”

     At first Mac decides to be a model patient and maybe get out of the ward. Strain of the situation begins to take its toll on Mac when Harding’s wife visits the ward. He turns on both Harding and Martine when they seek his support,” Quit bugging me, goddamit.” Mac’s deck of cards explodes in his hands because he is so nervous.

     Mac’s internal conflict intensifies when he learns that he is one of the only few committed patients and he’s in disbelief as to why the other patients stay voluntarily. “I don’t seem to be able to get it out of my head,”

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