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It's still hard for me to have a clear mind thinking on it. But it's the truth even if it didn't happen. She will not hesitate to restrict her patients' access to medication, amenities, and basic human necessities if it suits her manipulative whims. Her favorite informant is the timid Billy Bibbit, whom she coerces into divulging the unit's secrets by threatening to complain about him to his mother. McMurphy's fun-loving, rebellious presence in Ratched's institution is a constant annoyance, as neither threats nor punishment nor shock therapy will stop him or the patients under his sway.
Eventually, after McMurphy nearly chokes her to death in a fit of rage, Nurse Ratched has him lobotomized. However, the damage has already been done, and Nurse Ratched's rule is broken after McMurphy's attack leaves her nearly unable to speak, which renders her unable to intimidate her patients, subordinates and superiors.
Williams is a dwarf , his growth stunted after witnessing his mother being raped by white men. The Chief says Nurse Ratched hired them for their sadistic nature. John Spivey: The ward doctor. Nurse Ratched drove off other doctors, but she kept Spivey because he always did as he was told. Harding suggests that the nurse could threaten to expose him as a drug addict if he stood up to her.
McMurphy's rebellion inspires him to stand up to Nurse Ratched. Nurse Pilbow: The young night nurse. Her face, neck, and chest are stained with a profound birthmark. She is a devout Catholic and fears sinning. She blames the patients for infecting her with their evil and takes it out on them. Turkle: An elderly African American aide who works the late shift in the ward. He agrees to let McMurphy host a party and sneak in prostitutes one night.
The Japanese Nurse: The nurse in charge of the upstairs disturbed ward, for violent and unmanageable patients. She is kind and openly opposes Nurse Ratched's methods. Acutes[ edit ] The acutes are patients who officials believe can still be cured. With few exceptions, they are there voluntarily, a fact that angers McMurphy when he first learns of it, then later causes him to feel further pity for the patients, thus further inspiring him to prove to them they can still be strong despite their seeming willingness to be weak.
Billy Bibbit: A nervous, shy, and boyish patient with an extreme speech impediment, Billy cuts and burns himself, and has attempted suicide numerous times.
Billy has a fear of women, especially those with authority such as his mother. To alleviate this, McMurphy sneaks a prostitute into the ward so Billy can lose his virginity. The next morning, Nurse Ratched threatens to tell his mother; fearing the loss of his mother's love, Billy has an emotional breakdown and commits suicide by cutting his own throat. Dale Harding: The unofficial leader of the patients before McMurphy arrives, he is an intelligent, good-looking man who's ashamed of his repressed homosexuality.
Harding's beautiful yet malcontent wife is a source of shame for him. George Sorensen: A man with germaphobia , he spends his days washing his hands in the ward's drinking fountain. McMurphy manages to persuade him to lead a fishing expedition for the patients after discovering he had captained a PT boat during World War II.
Afterward, the three black boys maliciously forcibly delouse him, cruelly knowing the mental anguish this will cause him. Charlie Cheswick: A loud-mouthed patient who always demands changes in the ward, but never has the courage to see anything through.
He finds a friend in McMurphy, who's able to voice his opinions for him. At one point McMurphy decides to fall in line when he learns his stay in the ward is indefinite and his release is solely determined by the Big Nurse. As a result, Cheswick drowns himself in the ward's swimming pool when he decides he himself will never escape the relentless Big Nurse. Martini: A patient who suffers from severe hallucinations.
Scanlon: A patient obsessed with explosives and destruction. He is the only other non-vegetative patient confined to the ward by force aside from McMurphy and Bromden; the rest can leave at any time.
Jim Sefelt and Bruce Fredrickson: Two epileptic patients. Sefelt refuses to take his anti-seizure medication, as it makes his teeth fall out and as such makes him self-conscious over his appearance.
Fredrickson takes Sefelt's medication as well as his own because he is terrified of the seizures, and loses teeth due to the resulting overdosage.
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Max Taber: An unruly patient who was released before McMurphy arrived, a broken man. The Chief later describes how, after he questioned what was in his medication, Nurse Ratched had him "fixed. Ruckly: A hell-raising patient who challenges the rules until the Big Nurse authorizes his lobotomy.
After the lobotomy , he sits and stares at a picture of his wife, and occasionally screams profanities. Ellis: Ellis was put in a vegetative state by electroshock therapy.
He stands against the wall in a disturbing messianic position with arms outstretched. Pete Bancini: Bancini suffered brain damage at birth but managed to hold down simple jobs, such as a switch operator on a lightly-used railroad branch line , until the switches were automated and he lost his job, after which he was institutionalized.
The Chief remembers how once, and only once, he lashed out violently against the aides, telling the other patients that he was a living miscarriage, born dead. Rawler: A patient on the Disturbed ward, above the main ward, who says nothing but "loo, loo, loo! One night, Rawler castrates himself while sitting on the toilet and bleeds to death before anyone realizes what he has done. Old Blastic: An old patient who is in a vegetative state. The first night McMurphy is in the ward, Bromden dreams Blastic is hung by his heel and sliced open, spilling his rusty visceral matter.
The next morning, Bromden learns Blastic died during the night. The Lifeguard: An ex-professional football player, he still has the cleat marks on his forehead from the injury that scrambled his brains. He explains to McMurphy, unlike prison, patients are kept in the hospital as long as the staff desires.
It is this conversation that causes McMurphy to fall in line for a time. Colonel Matterson: The oldest patient in the ward, he suffers from severe senile dementia and cannot move without a wheelchair. Not even the tribe.
They stood out in front of our door all holding those checks and they wanted him to tell them what to do now. They kept asking him to invest for them, or to tell them where to go, or to download a farm. But he was too little anymore. Just as with his father, the Combine whittled Bromden down to a near paralytic diminishment. Here I want to propose that while modern Western auto- biography has been essentially metonymic in orienta- tion, Native American autobiography has been and continues to be persistently synecdochic, and that the preference for synecdochic models of the self has rela- tions to the oral techniques of information transmission typical of Native American cultures.
When persons fail to act within the confines of law and normalized behavior, elected officials or their appointees and employ- ees can coerce subjects either into conformity or captivity.
Prior to Contact, Plateau entities were consensus states: that is to say, when people failed to act within the confines of law or custom, they might be expelled from the community. For the indigenous peoples of the inland Northwest, or what dominant US epistemologies would define as a locality or a region, the Columbia Plateau is the National.
Bromden witnessed the transforma- tion of a whole nation into only a small part of a larger one.
He also lived the experience of shifting from a synecdochic to a metonymic dominant concept of human personhood.
Recalling the life-affirming qualities of salmon fishing, Bromden overcomes his fear of water and joins a group of patients, prostitutes, and a doctor on a chartered ship. The land should support that kind of travel. It was equal parts whitewater rapids and waterfall. By building dams like The Dalles, it turned a roaring river into a series of languid lakes, taking energy from Salmon and his people and diverting it to farms, cities, and suburbs in Washington and Oregon.
Again, Kesey intuits what Taylor later articulates: the US midcen- tury identified progress as a process whereby organic irregularity got straightened out by design and planning implementation.
Notably, the rhetoric of Christian progress punctuates the evolution of Celilo Falls into its modern, near-stilled and rectilinear state. Presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt made damming the Columbia for the purposes of electrifying the West a central platform in his first electoral campaign and made good on that promise, funding the Bonneville Power Administration, which exists to this day, very early in his presidency.
In , then-President Harry S.
Dwight D. Thus we will save our soil, and make it more productive. The doctors restrain his energy sexist and criminal though it may be , lobotomizing and thereby imposing exterior notions of ideality on his interior state.
He then turns his attention to the idea of becoming well again. Unfortunately, Reis also misidentifies Bromden as a Chinook Indian despite previously claiming that Bromden grew up at Celilo Village, an unincorporated community which is mostly populated by Yakama and Warm Springs people.
In point of fact, the transformation of that section of the Columbia began as early as , to facilitate travel. The ongoing existence of Columbia dams are also often justified as important tools in flood control as well as offering recrea- tional opportunities for swimmers and boaters. See Barber, passim.
I contend these symptoms manifest in differing ways and, therefore, issue from different psychic injuries. Balaev further criticizes contemporary trauma scholarship for both essen- tializing or perhaps reifying selfhood as well as conflating absence with loss. That said, indigenous land- management strategies have proved profoundly more sustainable than Euro- American row agricultural practices, which have led to the near persistent state of drought in many parts of the West for the past few years, as well as unprecedented wildfires.
Not surprisingly, avant garde artists rejected such thinking in painting, sculpture, and writing; Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Albert Giacometti, and Gertrude Stein all come immediately to mind.
Gendered pronouns are appropriate here. Traditionally, Plateau men fish while women prepare and preserve the catch. Though labor remains di- vided, it remains equitable.
Arnold, Laurie. Bartering With the Bones of Their Dead. U of Washington P, Balaev, Michelle. The Nature of Trauma in American Novels. Northwestern UP, Barber, Katrine. Death of Celilo Falls. Elizabeth A. U of Pennsylvania P, Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission. Cone, Joseph, director.
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Foley, Andrew. Hunn, Eugene S. Eugene S. Hunn et al. Hutcheon, Linda. Routledge, Ellis: Ellis was put in a vegetative state by electroshock therapy. Buddy, my name is R. You write down everything I say. It just ain't dignified. I'm not talkin' 'bout Fred Yoong and whosis Jones, buddy, I'm talkin' 'bout that crummy meeting and what that nurse did to you.
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