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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Week 1, Monday

    McMurphy arrives in Nurse Ratched's ward at the psychiatric hospital.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • Week 1, Monday

    McMurphy bets the Acutes that he can beat Nurse Ratched within a week.

    Part 1, Chapter 5
  • Week 1, Tuesday

    McMurphy cons Dr. Spivey into turning the tub room into a game room for the Acutes.

    Part 1, Chapter 9
  • Week 1, Friday

    The Acutes, McMurphy, and Bromden have a sit-in during the World Series. Nurse Ratched cracks.

    Part 1, Chapter 15
  • Week 3, Wednesday

    After learning that Nurse Ratched determines the length of stay, McMurphy decides to follow orders.

    Part 2, Chapter 3
  • Week 5, Saturday

    A group of 11 men from the ward go deep-sea fishing. They return brimming with confidence.

    Part 3, Chapter 2
  • Week 7

    McMurphy and Bromden are sent to the Disturbed ward for fighting with two aides.

    Part 4, Chapter 2
  • Week 9, Sunday

    The patients are caught with prostitutes in the ward following their middle-of-the-night party.

    Part 4, Chapter 3
  • Week 9, Sunday

    McMurphy sexually attacks Nurse Ratched in front of the patients and staff.

    Part 4, Chapter 4
  • Week 12

    McMurphy returns to the ward after his lobotomy. Bromden smothers him, then escapes from the hospital.

    Part 4, Chapter 4

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest takes place in a psychiatric hospital in the early 1960s. The first-person narrator, Bro... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 Bromden emerges from the fog to find himself in the day room. He describes the three aides working in the ward, then hea... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 As McMurphy makes his rounds, Bromden describes the types of patients in the ward. The Acutes, mostly younger men, still... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 Nurse Ratched informs Miss Flinn, a nurse, that McMurphy intends to take over the ward and describes him as a "manipulat... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 During the daily therapy meeting, Nurse Ratched attempts to return to the previous day's topic of Dale Harding's relatio... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 Bromden tells a brief story about Santa Claus visiting the hospital. He then describes how time seems to fluctuate on th... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 7 Bromden refuses to take the little red pill that makes him "paralyzed with sleep." He is soon lost in a terrifying dream... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 8 Bromden wakes to the sound of McMurphy singing loudly in the bathroom. He surmises that the Combine hasn't put its contr... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 9 Nurse Ratched will not agree to lowering the volume of the music in the ward or to opening the unused tub room as a seco... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 10 Harding, Cheswick, McMurphy, and Martini are playing Monopoly in the game room. Each man trades a penny for every dollar... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 11 Bromden is caught in the fog, but nobody else in the ward seems to be bothered by it, particularly McMurphy. McMurphy ha... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 12 Bromden is sweeping the ward while the residents meet with a visiting doctor. They ignore him, so he studies a picture b... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 13 Bromden is trapped in a fog so thick that he is unable to find his bed at night. He feels safe in the fog and isn't sure... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 14 In bed that night, Bromden overhears someone talking about Rawler, a man in the Disturbed ward who chants "loo loo loo" ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 15 Bromden used to be terrified of getting lost in the fog. Sometimes he would scream endlessly so someone could find him, ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 1 The fog has disappeared, and everyone is waiting to see what Nurse Ratched will do next. Bromden is expected to clean th... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 2 Bromden is worried about Nurse Ratched's newfound show of confidence, but McMurphy doesn't seem to notice or care. He co... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 3 The ward is now in an uproar of complaints and suggestions, but Nurse Ratched remains cool and collected, as if she thin... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 4–5 Sefelt, an epileptic, has a seizure in the cafeteria because he refuses to take his prescribed medication. He doesn't ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 6 The Acutes and Bromden go to the hospital library. Harding's wife visits, but the spouses don't seem pleased to see each... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 7 The patients are sent to Building One to get chest X-rays across the hall from the Shock Shop. As they wait, Harding exp... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 8 McMurphy is upset on the way back to the ward, and Bromden, sensing impending danger, resists the urge to comfort him. A... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 1 McMurphy is back on top in the ward and starts a basketball team. There's a feeling of recklessness in the air. Dr. Spiv... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 2 Bromden wakes early, excited about the impending fishing trip. McMurphy rouses the other fishermen from bed and manages ... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 1 The Acutes, encouraged by Nurse Ratched, attempt to figure out McMurphy's motivations for initiating so many activities ... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 2 McMurphy introduces himself and Bromden to the residents of the Disturbed ward, but his usual cocky facade is wavering. ... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 3 McMurphy is subjected to three more shock treatments in rapid succession, while Bromden is sent back to Nurse Ratched's ... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 4 News of the party spreads fast, and Nurse Ratched is on the warpath. Harding encourages McMurphy to escape with Mr. Turk... Read More
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