Rebellion in George Orwell’s 1984 and Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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Rebellion in George Orwell’s 1984 and Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest George Orwell’s 1984 and Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest are two excellent and closely related novels. Set in two very different times, these two novels are essentially about the rebellious fighting spirit of individuals. Authority in 1984 is depicted in the form of the Party, which rules over Oceania. In One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Nurse Ratched and her staff are the authority figures. 1984’s protagonist, Winston Smith, fights against the Party, and McMurphy fights Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. These two men have several character similarities.
The Party and its leader Big Brother play the role of authority in 1984.
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In One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Nurse Ratched, known as the Big Nurse throughout the psychiatric ward, is the authority figure. Unlike the Thought Police in 1984, the Big Nurse is not allowed to punish patients on whim. She must have strong reasons for punishment. Nurse Ratched is, however, similar to the Party in many ways. Nurse Ratched and her staff are constantly monitoring the mental hospital patients’ behavior. Through glass windows in the patients’ quarters, nurses are capable and seeing almost all that occurs on the ward. The nurses try to keep the patients under control through several different methods. One of these methods is the medication given several times a day. The second method is punishment. When patients misbehave, they are often sent to the Disturbed Ward where they are given electronic shock treatment. This treatment, if given too many times, can cause permanent brain damage. Chief Bromden, the narrator of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and a patient on the ward, is one such case of permanent damage, having gone through shock therapy over one hundred times. Chief Bromden, a six foot seven giant, sees himself as three feet tall and is thought to be deaf and mute, neither of which he is. These painful punishments help to keep patients in line. At the end of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Randal Patrick McMurphy, the main character of this novel, attacks the Big Nurse, and consequently, McMurphy is given a lobotomy, which

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