One Flew over the Cookoos Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The first thing that struck me about this movie is that I didn’t see much in the way
of treatment or therapy. I saw the mentally ill being housed instead of being treated. I
didn’t feel that the nurses were interested in helping these people, but in
controlling them. The therapy sessions weren’t about therapy at all, but an
opportunity for Nurse Ratchett to manipulate and intimidate her patients into submission.
No one was allowed to have independent thoughts or feelings.
Randall McMurphy takes all of his fellow patients at face value, expects no more than they
can give. He tries to help them enjoy their lives, and find some happiness in them. He has
no need for authority, and tries to manipulate the others into standing up to Nurse
Ratchett. He earns the respect of the other patients, and they try to change things in
their lives. At every step, however, he is punished severely (called treatment in the
movie) for disrupting the order of the institution. While I believe that Randall had
“issues”, I don’t think he had any business being institutionalized. I
also felt that while his motives were good in trying to bring the patients some control