One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest – Some Thoughts on The Movie

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Some thoughts on the movie

In the movie, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest, we see many aspects of human nature being analysed. The character McMurphy, [played by Jack Nickolson,] who was admitted into a mental institution for medical testing after having been convicted of statutory rape is an interesting character that reveals to us the nature of the human mind. It is obvious that McMurphy was only faking and he thought that he could get off from having to serve his sentence in a work camp. The viewers see how he planned to leave the camp to suit his needs. However, life does not always offer choices for us to manipulate the truth. He thought that he would be able to leave in a couple of months, the time of his sentence in the work camp, until he found out that he wouldn't be allowed to leave.

McMurphy could not fool Nurse Ratchet .That shows us that although some people feel that they are very clever, there are always smarter people that they encounter. These are life's factors that the movie explores.

After a few days we see that McMurphy began to view the patients as a group that needed more fun and enjoyment in their lives and he wanted to try to find some way that they could get out and go to a bar and watch the world series. A vital aspect o human behaviour that we see is the indifference of people towards other people's needs. This is shown through the attitude of the nursing staff who seemed uncaring to the lack of enjoyment in the lives of the patients. They basically refused to allow the patients to even watch the game on the TV during their chores...