One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | Study Guide

Ken Kesey

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | Part 1, Chapter 14 | Summary

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In bed that night, Bromden overhears someone talking about Rawler, a man in the Disturbed ward who chants "loo loo loo" all day long. Bromden learns that Rawler killed himself earlier that day by cutting off his testicles and bleeding to death. Bromden wonders why Rawler would remove his own testicles, saying, "All the guy had to do was wait."

Analysis

Rawler's self-castration is the ultimate example of emasculation. When Bromden says, "All the guy had to do was wait," he is speaking more figuratively than literally. Rawler would have become completely emasculated in the hospital whether he retained his testicles or not.

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