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THE COMBINE By Karna Upadhyay In One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest , the Combine is a machine that controls all aspects of living in the ward. Although in the book it’s treated as one of Chief Bromden’s delusions, to Chief, the Combine represents an all-powerful force that manipulates the ward’s inhabitants to insure order and conformity. The Combine not only affects people residing in the hospital, but also those living in the rest of the world, as can be seen when Chief Bromden is describing the children he sees while driving to go fishing. The head “pog” in the Combine is Big Nurse, whose features and actions are often described in a mechanical nature. The first time Big Nurse is introduced is when she gets angry at the black boys and becomes bigger and bigger, until she is “big as a tractor, so big I can smell the machinery inside the way you smell a motor pulling too big a load” as Chief Bromden describes. She seemingly controls the rest of the ward, which in itself is just a big machine. According to Bromden, Big Nurse also has the power to turn on a “fog” which envelops and confuses the patients. The fog most likely represents Chief’s own confusion mixed with the drugs he is forced by the nurses to take. Not only
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2009 for the course ENGLISH 0058 taught by Professor Upadhyay during the Spring '09 term at Maharishi.

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