The Quote "If You Want To Make Enemies Try To Change Something" By Woodrow Wilson Is Applied In "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". Discuss

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The quote “If you want to make enemies try to change something” by Woodrow Wilson is applied in Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. Kesey allows the responder to view the enemies that McMurphy makes in his attempt to change the way the institution is run and the way the other patients are treated. His heroic attempt does have consequences however which is demonstrated throughout the novel.Prior to the entry of McMurphy the institution was regimented and patients were stripped of all identity. There was no fighting or hostility between any of the patients, and this was because no change occurred. Nurse Ratched had total and complete control over ...view middle of the document...

” This influences a total change in their behaviour and it is because of this change that McMuphy has caused that Nurse Ratched becomes his enemy.However there are consequences to becoming Nurse Ratched’s enemy. On his arrival he attempts to change the way the institution is run and Nurse Ratched retaliates by using force. At first he receives only reprimands, threats and hostility from the nurse and her black boys. “If you continue to demonstrate such hostile tendencies, such as telling people to go to hell, you get lined up to go to the Shock Shop, perhaps even on to greater things, an operation.” Nurse Ratched’s has a passive aggressive response to everything that McMurphy does. An example of this is when he smashes the nurses window for the first time. Nurse Ratched does not retaliate, she just bides her time. As time wears on Nurse Ratched does being to take action on the change that McMurphy is responsible for. First with EST and when that has no effect she orders a lobotomy be performed on him, essentially stripping him of all personality. However even with his death McMurphy continues to influence change as, nearly all the patients either discharge themselves or change wards. In his death he is viewed as a martyr and gives Bromden the courage to escape the institution.The patients do not always idolize McMurphy. There is one stage when they question the change he is influenced and his gambelling ways. “It seemed like Billy and I were the only two left who believed in McMurphy.” The patients rebel against McMurphy because change is generally against...

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