Cliffsnotes on Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Cliffsnotes on Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Cliffsnotes on Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Cliffsnotes on Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Chief Bromden, the son of a Native American father and a white mother, begins the novel by relating the real and imagined humiliations he suffers at the hands of the African-American hospital assistants. While their treatment of him is tolerated, despite the fact that he is physically much larger than they are, Chief expresses a greater fear of Big Nurse, Nurse Ratched. The Nurse is identified as a woman of great power and control, who is bitter because her ruthless, machine-like efficiency is thwarted by her naturally endowed large breasts. Despite her power, the paranoid-schizophrenic Chief believes her to be in service of the Combine, a large mechanized matrix that hums behind the walls and floors of the hospital, controlling everything from the environment to human behavior.

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