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Chapters 28-29 Journal

Chapters 28-29 Journal - the Billy Bibbit we all know from...

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Max Sauberman Ms. Tipiere American Literature Acc. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Chapters 28-29 Journal The book ended in an interesting fashion. I certainly didn’t see the deaths of Billy nor McMurphy coming, as I was really optimistic that McMurphy would be able to escape the ward. Instead, it’s Chief, the perfectly content silent patient, who ends up escaping, leaving the rest behind, with two of his fellow patients dead. In the conclusion of the book, we see Billy Bibbit fully gain his confidence and his capacity to make love with a woman, “coming of age”, or better yet, “conforming of age”, into a “normal” (not insane) human adult. However, once he discovers the implications and consequences for his brave endeavor, he goes back to being
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Unformatted text preview: the Billy Bibbit we all know from the beginning, cracks under pressure, and kills himself. It’s also rather anticlimactic that there’s no one particular event that makes Nurse Ratched issue his lobotomy, but rather a gradual decision made over a span of a few weeks. I didn’t approve of this choice by Kesey. Finally, I find it interesting that Chief admires McMurphy to such an extent, he can’t bear to see him lifeless after the lobotomy, so he kills him, for the sake of McMurphy and the rest of the patients. I can’t decide whether this act was selfish (he can’t bear to see a dead McMurphy) or selfless (putting McMurphy out of his misery)....
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