This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Cuckoos Nest Essay

1136 words - 5 pages

“The Cuckoo’s Nest”

Many individuals may find themselves in a cuckoo’s nest. Not everyone merely is normal or abnormal, sane or insane, but live their everyday lives estranged by society. The society’s environment is constantly changing. Take a look at the economy; observe the wealthy and poor, evolving relationships, some who desire change, and those who don’t. These differences produce cultural abnormality and no-one knows where to fit in. The world is a cuckoo’s nest with revolving doors.

The article Rosenhan exemplifies how no-one knows how to fit in. For instance, there were prestigious people selected to take part in an experiment to determine whether they were ...view middle of the document...

However, one must ask a question; by whose standard can one define what’s right or wrong? Is it the rules and regulations developed in the beginning of a culture; then, when a child grows older he or she develops the right and wrongs of that culture? I do believe ignoring what is right or wrong in that cultural society is determined by self. Wherefore, that person has chosen to be insane or abnormal by circumstance. Inevitably, when cultural rules are broken by an individual, they are then considered abnormal or insane by that society. But, “those who are really abnormal are actually people who have problems controlling their thoughts and the way they think (Comer, 2013).”

In “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” all characters may have been diagnosed with being abnormal, but in my opinion there were only a few. Chief for instance, was a normal guy. He was probably considered abnormal because of the diagnosis of his father (Forman, 1975). He was not of the same culture as the others. Instead of being in that type of asylum, Chief just needed social skills training, and would probably be diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. He was deviant, distressed and dysfunctional. However, Nurse Ratched in my opinion was insane. Instead of helping her patients resolve their inner issues, she acted as if she wanted to cause some type of dysfunction and harm to her patients (Forman, 1975). She wanted to control them, one by using some type of hypnotic music. According the H.Meltzer, he quotes an interesting thought on the presence of music, “The studies present a nice balance between objective measures of the organic effects of music, such as motor phenomena induced by certain selections, and introspective accounts of effects on thought, feeling, and action.” Nurse Ratched had her patients getting the medicine along with the tune. Their thoughts, feelings and actions were all affected.

R. McMurphy also had generalized anxiety disorder; he didn’t want to function in his environment and acted crazy for undying attention. Although, McMurphy was a normal guy, his actions caused his own danger. Therefore, he may have been considered insane in some way, but I wasn’t convinced. Taber was indeed different but not abnormal, he was normal in and out of his environment (Forman, 1975). He was able to adjust to his settings, basically playing the roles.

In the mental health...

Other Papers Like The Cuckoos Nest

reflection on one flew over a cuckoos nest

1436 words - 6 pages understanding of why Kesey has presented the novel in the perspective of a mentally ill patient. I never considered that the hallucinations and dreams that Bromden had were as important as the truth. I decided that rather than analysing the storyline of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest’, I focused on Bromden and how his past experiences influence the way he interprets everything around him. Further, I realised Ken Kesey may even be suggesting something about our society and how we all construe our surroundings differently.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest By Ken Kesey

931 words - 4 pages obsessed with control that they do not think of others even if their job requires them to do so. However, it shows us hope. Hope for those who are being controlled, hope for those who just can't take the harsh strict rules that are imposed upon them. The world of One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest is like a dark grey cloud, a dark grey cloud with a silver lining.

San Fransisco Liberals Of 2005

1224 words - 5 pages . Obviously, that would eliminate the overcrowding of prisons. However, since liberals never live by the rules they make for others, this solution is unlikely to resonate; not even with the resident cuckoos. Another obvious, more workable solution is to build more prisons and spend less money on frivolous liberal programs and cradle-to-grave entitlements. Just taking a firm stand against public-sector union demands for wages and benefits that

Predator - Prey Relationships

4419 words - 18 pages see the cuckoo in the nest, then the rate of rejection is much increased(Brooke, 1991), which explains why cuckoos have evolved such a fast predatory process. Brooke shows an example of the evolutionary process at work when he examines the Dunnock’s relationship with the cuckoo(1991). The Dunnock-Cuckoo has not developed an egg that mimics the Dunnock egg because Dunnocks accept eggs of any size and color. Brooke (1991) believes that

Freedom And Responsibility

2141 words - 9 pages Built within the Constitution of the United States are specifically defined freedoms that are guaranteed to all citizens. Conversely, with every constitutional freedom there comes a corresponding responsibility. On September 25, 1789, the state legislature’s twelve proposed amendments were transmitted by congress, the first two dealing with congressional representation and congressional pay. The following numbers three through twelve were

Hate Crime Laws

2348 words - 10 pages On June 7, 1998, 49-year-old James Byrd Jr. of Texas accepted a ride from three white men, who then beat him severely, urinated on him, chained him by his ankles to the back of their pick-up truck, dragged him for three miles into the countryside, and dumped his corpse in front of an African-American cemetery (Graczyk). A little over a year later, a jury sentenced ring leader John King to death by lethal injection (“Man Executed for Dragging

Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy Case Study Conceptualization And Treatment Plan

2140 words - 9 pages Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy Case Study of Sarah: A Conceptualization and Treatment Plan Rational emotive behavior therapy, REBT, was developed by Albert Ellis and holds the central belief that the events in our lives do not cause our disturbances but that they are instead caused by our view of the events (Murdock, 2009). Murdock (2009) states that “people are seen as responsible for their behavior” (p. 279) but, because they are

Holidays In Albania

1636 words - 7 pages Have you ever thought about having exciting and incredibly cheap vacations? Albania might be the right choice. According to My Travel Guide, Albania is ranked the fourth among ten places worth visiting in Eastern Europe (“Top 10 Eastern European Destinations”). One can encounter three kinds of vacations in this Mediterranean country: winter, summer, and cultural. The ideal places to spend your winter vacations are the Albanian Alps. They are

A Heart Of Darkness

1748 words - 7 pages In this short story, there are frequent significant subject and ideas that make the story, "A Heart of Darkness," by Joseph Conrad, and haunting novel. The main theme is absolute white power over the natives. The theme validates the corruption, and the dependence caused by the white people as they took over the Congo. White men were giving all the power; they had no self-control, and in the end they did not use wisely. The white men became

The Aspects Of Vulnerability Among The Exploited In Medical Research

2287 words - 10 pages Essentially, everyone is in some state of vulnerability. However, some of us are more susceptible to harm due to our vulnerabilities. The susceptible are the individuals with the greatest risk. These individuals risk the loss of their autonomy, and maybe even their lives. Vulnerable populations can be found in every subset of society. However, as previously mentioned, there are some vulnerable populations that are at an even greater risk than

The Hitchhiker’S Guide To The Galaxy

1171 words - 5 pages The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy As the human race makes life-changing discoveries, it is made apparent that there is always more to learn as the universe, instead of becoming familiar, is becoming absurd. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams, as well as the 2005 film adaption, portrays absurdity to be an all-encompassing system in the universe. Through the introduction and attempt to understand lack of reason

Related Essays

Comparing One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest And The Crucible

1983 words - 8 pages Power and control are the central ideas of Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. There are examples of physical, authoritative and mechanical power in the novel, as well as cases of self-control, and control over others. Nurse Ratched is the ultimate example of authoritative power and control over others but R.P. McMurphy refuses to acknowledge the Nurse’s power, and encourages others to challenge the status quo. The other patients

Cuckoos Nest Essay

701 words - 3 pages One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, written by Ken Kesey, tells the story of a group of male inmates admitted and living in a psychiatric hospital in Oregon. The story is narrated by the omniscient Chief Bromden, who focuses mainly on the quest for power between head nurse Ms. Ratched and the newest member of the group, R.P McMurphy. Although both try to get the best of one another, their efforts were a waste for the real victor to emerge from all

Cuckoos Nest Essay

566 words - 3 pages Julio Mejia Ms.Wilson 11-21-10 2nd period Wizardry and Witchcraft In this novel The Crucible written by Arthur Miller he compares this point in American history to the Red Scare in the Nineteen-fifty’s. This is important because of the fact that people were being accused when they’re was no evidence to convict them. This story is carried on by a young girl named Abigail who sentences many people to their death. This is caused because of

One Flew Over Cuckoos Nest Essay

566 words - 3 pages Anthony Miley 5/29/14 Period 7 One flew over the cuckoo’s nest “ One flew east, one flew west, and one flew over the cuckoo’s nest.” This book was written by and was the first for ken kesey. He has also written the great nation. I believe this is an interesting book because the protagonist of the story is mentally ill, but manages to fight to change the rules in the mental asylum. After taking a closer look at the life and work of ken