Chapters 1-3 Notes

Chapters 1-3 Notes - Max Sauberman Ms. Tipiere American...

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Max Sauberman Ms. Tipiere American Literature Acc. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Chapters 1-3 Notes Chief: Chief, the narrator of the novel, describes how the black orderlies hate everything and are hateful. Chief tries to avoid the black boys, but they like to make fun of him. They think he’s deaf and dumb, but he actually understands everything they say. Chief has been fooling everyone in the asylum for a long time, allowing them to think that he is unable to speak or hear. Nurse Ratched: Chief is mopping the ward floor when Nurse Ratched (“Big Nurse”) opens the door and comes inside. He describes her as having the sort of personality that can be hot or cold; either way, it burns. He tries to hide his eyes as she passes. She sees the mumbling orderlies at the end of the hall, who break apart when they see her glare. She’s instantly furious because she knows what they are saying. Before the orderlies and Nurse Ratched start fighting, the patients come out of their dorms, and she stops. She urges the orderlies to move along, and then nods at each of the patients. Chief thinks she’s bitter that she’s not perfect; God made a mistake for giving her such large breasts. Shaving: Nurse Ratched tells the orderlies they should shave Chief first, and avoid the disturbance he causes. Chief ducks back into the mop closet to hide. He thinks breakfast makes you stronger and more awake, so you can avoid the orderlies slipping a machine on you instead of an electric shaver. They often use their machines before breakfast. Although he’s hiding, he knows the black boy (orderly) can smell him and his fear. Chief remembers going bird hunting with his dad, hoping the memory will help him forget his current fear.
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2011 for the course AMLIT 101 taught by Professor Tarps during the Spring '11 term at Harvard.

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Chapters 1-3 Notes - Max Sauberman Ms. Tipiere American...

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