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One Flew over the - Raymond Gonzalez Gonzalez Section 3 Page 1 of 12 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest I highly enjoyed reading the book"One flew

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Raymond Gonzalez Gonzalez Page 1 of 12 Section 3 5/7/2009 One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest I highly enjoyed reading the book “One flew over the cuckoo’s Nest” written by Ken Kesey. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a great read with many examples of common organized human behavior that is present in today’s business world. Many of these common organizational behavior elements are constantly being presented by Kesey’s characters throughout the story, which just goes to show how organizational behavior can be applied almost any situation regarding big groups of people. The story begins when the usual daily events of one psychiatric ward are disturbed by the presence of a new and seemingly loud and obnoxious patient named Randle McMurphy. From the point of view of Chief Bromden, the narrator of the story, this new Randle guy appears to be trouble for the rest of the ward. Chief Bromben, a six- foot-seven Native American, has been a patient to the ward for ten years and has been deemed deaf and dumb based on his inability to speak or logically respond to other people. As he continues to describe the new patient McMurphy, the new guy is laughing and cracking jokes as if it is no big deal that he is now considered mentally insane. At this point the reader is led to believe that the mean, cold hearted Nurse Ratched is not going to get along with this new patient at all and as the story progresses this hypothesis will proven to be very true. Nurse Ratched, an ex-army nurse, is a very cold heartless lady that has no compassion toward her fellow patients and is seen very machine-like as explained by
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Raymond Gonzalez Gonzalez Page 2 of 12 Section 3 5/7/2009 Bromden “the big nurse enters the ward with a gust of cold air…. Skin like flesh colored enamel and lips and finger tips the strange orange color of polished steel” (Kesey). Chief Bromden makes it clear that Nurse Ratched pretty much runs the entire ward as he tells stories about how different patients including himself, have been “punished” for attempting to question her authority. It becomes apparent about how much power Nurse Ratched holds over all the patients when McMurphy participates in his first group meeting. In the first of many acute patient meetings that Randle is a part of, he becomes immediately aware of the power Nurse Ratched holds over all the patients as she attempts to belittle him in front of all the patients. She does this by reading his clinical file in front of all the patients revealing how he had sex with. In response to the nurse’s attack, McMurphy responds with a comical crack “she was 15 going on 30” (Kesey). Throughout the meeting Randle endures a series of verbal attacks in which he responds to the majority of them with comical defiant retorts showing the rest of the patients that he is not afraid to stand up to the “dictator-like” Nurse Ratched. It is after this meeting that fellow patient Dale Harding explains how the Nurse runs the entire ward which in turn
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course BUS 201 taught by Professor Lifton during the Spring '08 term at Ithaca College.

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One Flew over the - Raymond Gonzalez Gonzalez Section 3 Page 1 of 12 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest I highly enjoyed reading the book"One flew

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