Profile of Randle McMurphy from "Cuckoo's Nest"

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Randle P. McMurphy: Profile

Red-headed, with long red side-burns, and uncut hair, Randle P. McMurphy is a vicious and extremely dangerous man. He is tall, broad-shouldered and broad-jawed. Strong and sturdy, he has a broad, wide, devilish grin, and a seam runs across his nose and one cheekbone, which indicates the belligerent behaviour of this aggressive young man, of about 30 years.

A person of Irish ancestry, he is nomadic in character. Having no permanent base or home, he travels around the country, doing odd jobs. Being discharged from the army for insubordination to his superiors, he is an indisciplined, unruly, wild and boisterous man. He does not follow the daily ward schedules, and goes against the norms and traditions of the ward.

Is this man mentally ill? Most certainly not. But is he dangerous? Evidently yes. McMurphy is under custody for statutory rape of an innocent, 'willing' 15 year old girl.

Presumably, he pretends to be mentally unstable to spend his time in the psychiatric hospital because he does not want to labour on a prison farm for six months. He has probably chosen to attend a mental institution to enjoy better meals and an easier lifestyle and should be immediately detained.

He is a loud, boisterous man. Effervescent, and bubbling with a high energy level, he has a dominating personality. McMurphy stands out in a crowd with his charismatic, to the patients, who know no better than to overlook his immoral and iniquitous characteristics. He is a fraudulent. A frequent gambler carrying cards with himself, "Mac" uses his cunning mind to come up with crafty machinations to rob the poor, helpless, patients of their money and cigarettes.

He is particularly recalcitrant as far as authority figures are concerned. This is evident through his dishonorable charge from the army...