One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

"The author is making a comment on man vs. man"


The story is based in a mental institution, in which, at first, is very orderly and structured. An interesting twist to the story is the point of view it is taken from. It is taken from the point of view of the patients of the hospital, not of the ward nurses and workers. The orderly hospital had it's rebels come in, and they were quickly and easily molded and shaped into the "proper" patient, that is until a panhandler named, Randle Patrick McMurphy, showed up. Though probably considered a quite sane individual, he was admitted to the hospital because of a court ruling towards his personal psychiatric help. As soon as he got there, his happiness and free spirit, bewildered the patients and staff of the hospital. No one would dare try to do what he did who knew the premonition of what will come. But Randle, he was different, his indomitable will and his concrete spirit kept him from dreading what will come because he had the long-term satisfaction of "winning". It was his will against the head nurse's authority and comparatively strong will in a war against the insane and the more insane. This tug of war match between them, using the patients as the rope, was devastating to both parties. The nurse had her authority as a shield, and her will as a weapon against Randle's slowly diminishing will power. Ultimately, the nurse lost against Randle's doings, but she had won against his will power. Though he lost his sanity, he won the war because all of the people he influenced had kept up the rebellion against the nurse. The nurse had ruined her credibility as being able to control her patients.


In the book "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" the main character was, unmistakably, Randle P. McMurphy. He was a strong, diligent, and unique individual. His personality showed no mercy to anyone, and anything that stood in his way. He casually overcame with an inviting personality. According to the standards of society, he would be considered "sane", but his challenging of the authorities blurs the line between who really is sane and/or insane.


The Author used a very appropriate point of view for the point of the story. The positioning of the patient's point of view as the "storyteller" is very intriguing. The most interesting parts are when the reader experiences what the patients went through in their own minds. This changes the rolls of the people in the hospital. It makes the patients seem sane and the authorities actions as being insane and unreasonable.


Personally the story was very interesting and the concept of the patients' point of views led me to believing what they said and believed until I finally figured out what their point of view would relate to in a sane person's mind. The competition also grasped my attention for the winner was a goal of my reading the book. I was disappointed in the ending because I expected there to be a winner and was personally cheering for Randle. I liked the book, but was disappointed in the fact that the ending made me rethink who was really right or wrong, and who was really sane or insane. I am still left puzzled to whom is correct and the point of view of the patients really made me think about what it would be like if you were on the "other side".