One Flew Over Cuckoos Nest Essay

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Post-traumatic stress disorder or also known as PTSD is a disease where if someone has seen or experienced a traumatic event it can scar them for life. This disease occurs in the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey because the book takes place in a mental hospital which contains people with this disorder and others. The main character McMurphy puts them through more traumatic events throughout the book which shows who can handle the stress from the events and who cannot. Post-Traumatic Stress disorder can occur at any age by a natural disaster such as a flood or fire or other events such as assault, rape, or war. People who have PTSD often have flashback episodes or nightmares of the event. They can also feel very uncomfortable with situations that remind them of the ...view middle of the document...

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This disease relates to the book because some of the characters have PTSD in the mental hospital. Chief has PTSD because he will have flashbacks of him as a child running in the fog and he does not know where he was going or where he would end up and he is afraid that is still the case. “A boy, running through the fog in the woods not knowing where he is going but he just keeps running” (Chief pg. 203). Mr. harding also has PTSD because he flashbacks to a time when he was a kid and in the back of his head he always knew that he was different from everyone else but he would get made fun of as a kid so he kept it a secret. “ I discovered at an early age that I was-shall we be kind and say different?” (Mr. Harding pg. 157). McMurphy was diagnosed with PTSD because he was traumatically accused for raping a 15 year old girl. “I was lied to, Doc.” (McMurphy pg. 87). Billy Bibbit has PTSD because he experienced multiple traumatic events by getting in trouble with his mother and now he is petrified of her. “Please don't tell my momma Nurse Ratchet!” (Billy Bibbit pg. 202). Post-traumatic stress disorder or also known as PTSD is a disease where if someone has seen or experienced a traumatic event it can scar them for life. This disease is a common disease throughout the world because it can occur through ordinary events but can play a huge role in someones life. This traumatic event can ruin someone life and put them in a mental hospital forever trying to learn to live with the event that happened. Most of the characters in the book relate to the disease because they are all their by a traumatic event that has happened to them in their lives.

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