Couldn't make that stick', McMurphy says to the doctor. Chief Bromden watches, horrified, as the worker slashes Blastic, the patient, open. Because he knows you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy. He is covered in tattoos and as a scar across his nose. But just as soon as we got to the pool he said he did wish something mighta been done, though, and dove into the water. Chief, through various encouragements by McMurphy, gains the courage to save McMurphy's life in a way that prevents Nurse Ratched from utilizing his body as a ridicule. Now, will you please turn on the television set? At the last, falling backward, his face appearing to us for a second upside down before he was smothered on the floor by a pile of white uniforms, he let himself cry out: A sound of cornered-animal fear and hate and surrender and defiance, that if you ever trailed coon or cougar or lynx is like the last sound the treed and shot and falling animal makes as the dogs get him, when he finally doesn't care any more about anything but himself and his dying.
The policy is the law and no one can change it, only abide by it. We are given this brainteaser from Chief Bromden in Part I. He looked us over with yellow, scaled eyes and shook his head. A guy sitting in the room someplace I can't see is talking about a guy up on Disturbed killing himself. Given Nurse Ratched's controlling behavior, however, they believe themselves to be incapable of integration with the outside world.
McMurphy's definition of sanity is freedom, and so the men's insistence on captivity is proof of their insanity. Harding, a patient who checks into the ward to avoid his wife, concisely expresses the theme of conformity versus nonconformity. McMurphy and the other, able, patients place bets on the World Series Baseball Game that is to show later that week. Cheswick supports McMurphy no matter what he does, Harding is the voice of reason and intelligence, and Billy Bibbit looks up to McMurphy as his hero. He was admitted to the hospital after serving in the Second World War. I'm not saying they killed him.
In seeing the ways that Ratched's therapeutic methods are exacerbating the pain Billy feels, Cheswick becomes upset. The chief sees the same fighting quality in McMurphy and that is why he respects and looks up to him so much. He is committed to a mental institution after faking insanity to get out of a work camp. I been silent so long now it's gonna roar out of me like floodwaters and you think the guy telling this is ranting and raving my God; you think this is too horrible to have really happened, this is too awful to be the truth! After McMurphy dies, Nurse Ratched has no control over the word. Pretends to be deaf and dumb for the majority of his commitment.
He has arrived back in his home state, and he is surprised to see just how much has changed. McMurphy as Jesus, savior of the patients of the ward, bringing his disciples on a boat, and sacrificing himself to save the patients. His paranoia mostly takes the form of hallucinations, he believes there are hidden machines in the hospital that physically and psychologically control the patients. I could of done something. Till I think by God they forgot I could talk, the mossbacked old bastards.
As soon as you let down your guard, as soon as you lose once, she's won for good. The element of control is a central, arguably the largest, and the most important theme in the novel. But did you ever have people l-l-laughing at you? He no longer witnesses the fog that the Combine would regularly emit on the ward, and he even begins to communicate verbally with McMurphy and the other ward patients. When McMurphy is returned to the ward on a stretcher, Chief Bromden sees that McMurphy's brain is no longer functioning. Through this, the reader is able to learn more about why Bromden is the way he is.
Nurse Ratched, a hard-edged ex-Army nurse, runs the hospital with prison-like rule and order. She gets revenge on him by having him lobotomized. He was committed to the hospital and has been there for longer than anyone else, for over 15 years. The Chief, he's got his hand up! It's a fucking home run! The imagined baseball game represents the freedom he imagines the men might share outside the watchful and abusive eye of Nurse Ratched. The fog prevents the ward patients from rebelling against Nurse Ratched as well as from the acceptance of reality. But I remembered one thing: it wasn't me that started acting deaf; it was people that first started acting like I was too dumb to hear or see or say anything at all.
McMurphy: But the vote was 10 to 8. You're no crazier than the average asshole out walkin' around on the streets and that's it. The last time I seen my father, he was blind and diseased from drinking. I wouldn't leave you this way. The only way to prevent it-with chickens-is to clip blinders on them.
I ran for miles before I stopped and walked up the embankment onto the highway. Although over the course of the novel Bromden regains his sanity, he still witnesses many of the events while in a semi-catatonic, hallucinatory state; we have to trust in the truth of his sharp perceptions, no matter what form they take. He is recruited by McMurphy to be the captain of their fishing trip. Towards the end of the novel, his perception of himself changes and he discovers the strength to not only defend his friends, but also to stand up for himself. He shares his views on some of the other patients, and the reader can pick up on how he is progressing and maturing as a character.