Main characters[ edit ] Randle McMurphy: Wexler believed his dismissal was due to his concurrent work on the documentary Undergroundin which the radical terrorist group The Weather Underground were being interviewed while hiding from the law.
Background[ edit ] One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was written in and published in in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement  and deep changes to the way psychology and psychiatry were being approached in America. He also arranges for Billy Bibbit to lose his virginity later in the novel, by making a date between Billy and Candy Starr, a prostitute from Portland.
Another prostitute and friend of Candy and McMurphy. They deemed the book "pornographic" and said it "glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles, and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination".
To alleviate this, McMurphy sneaks a prostitute into the ward so Billy can lose his Cuckoos nest. The Chief smothers McMurphy with a pillow during the night in an act of mercy before lifting the tub room control panel that McMurphy could Cuckoos nest lift earlier, throwing it through a window and escaping the hospital.
Main characters[ edit ] Randle McMurphy: If a patient rebels, he is sent to receive electroshock treatments and sometimes a lobotomy, even though both practices have fallen out of favor with the medical community. A hell-raising patient who challenges the rules until the Big Cuckoos nest authorizes his lobotomy.
The tyrannical head nurse of the mental institution, who exercises near-total control over those in her care, including her subordinates. Three black men who work as aides in the ward.
The novel is a direct product of Kesey's time working the graveyard shift as an orderly at a mental health facility in Menlo Park, California.
Bromden observes that an outsider would think all of them were crazy, including the nurse. Similarly, Foucault argued that invisible forms of discipline oppressed individuals on a broad societal scale, encouraging them to censor aspects of themselves and their actions.
Enraged at what she has done to Billy, McMurphy attacks Ratched, attempting to strangle her to death, tearing off her uniform and revealing her breasts to the patients and aides who are watching. The young night nurse. Eventually, he gave the rights to his son Michael Douglaswho succeeded in getting the film produced—but the elder Douglas, by then nearly 60, was considered too old for the McMurphy role, which ultimately went to year-old Jack Nicholson.
As a result, Cheswick drowns himself in the ward's swimming pool when he decides he himself will never escape the relentless Big Nurse. Billy has a fear of women, especially those with authority such as his mother.
He has received a lobotomyand is now in a vegetative state, rendering him silent and motionless. After seeing his father, a Native American chieftain, humiliated at the hands of the U.
She is a primary cause of Cuckoos nest for Dale, who often worries about her fidelity. Fredrickson takes Sefelt's medication as well as his own because he is terrified of the seizures, and loses teeth due to the resulting overdosage.
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