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The paper analyzes the power struggles between the characters of Nurse Ratched and McMurphy in Ken Kesey's novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." The paper then compares the struggles in the novel to the real-life North-South power struggles of the Civil War.
From the Paper:"The Nurse Ratched power over the group in the ward begins to diminish when confronted with an opposite yet equal power, McMurphy. In the novel, Nurse Ratched controls every aspect of the ward. Her power reigns over everyone, including the black boys, the other nurses, the doctors and the men who are contained in the ward. Through her mental abuse, and the physical and sexual abuse performed by the black boys, the nurse holds control over the men. Using manipulation, she makes the men believe that every practice done in the ward is for their benefit. Narrator Bromden illustrates how the nurse knows of her power and how she uses it on the men."
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