However, this straightforward structural definition is surrounded by a cloud of ambiguity and controversy. Most of the debates have centered around three questions. First, is the nuclear family universal—found in every known human society? Second, is the nuclear group the essential form of family—the only one that can carry out the vital functions of the family especially, rearing the next generation or can other family patterns e.
This type of leader is usually doomed to follow some kind of internal path. He passes through the lives of others, and whether this is manifested externally or not, this character produces profound and lasting changes within them that they had, often times unknowingly, and more sadly, not known that they had wanted until this character passed through their lives.
He is an incorrigible criminal serving a prison sentence for the rape of an underage girl who he says misrepresented her age to him. While in prison he has himself transferred to a mental hospital for evaluation to avoid the hardships of state prison, and to enjoy a less hostile environment.
Upon his arrival he shows no signs of severe mental illness, only an attitude of anti-establishment. McMurphy is an antihero, only able to play by his own internal rules, rather than adjusting himself to the needs of both the group and the establishment.
They ward of the hospital that McMurphy is sent to is overseen by a stern and unyielding Nurse Mildred Ratched played in the movie by Louise Fletcher. She embodies the establishment and uses her power to strictly control every action of the men.
As much as the men may be uncomfortable with her form of authority, they still obey her despite their discomfort. The leadership tactics that nurse Ratched uses to maintain control over the patients are: McMurphy soon realizes that the patients are more intimidated by Nurse Ratched than becoming rehabilitated enough to return to society.
McMurphy in his incorrigible boldness takes it upon himself to become the leader of the group of patients. It is his compulsive need to raise himself to a position of power and advantage, no matter where he goes, or what authority he faces.
The pattern that McMurphy demonstrates in his leadership role is one of rebelliousness and a tendency toward anarchism no matter the cost to himself or to those who he tries to enlist to follow him. The other patients of the ward include Billy Bibbit played by Brad Dourif. He is a young man with a nervous stutter, easily intimidated by the authority of Nurse Ratched.
Another character Charlie Cheswick, played by Sydney Lassick, is an emotionally immature man who throws temper tantrums like a child.
Martini played by Danny DeVito, suffers from delusions. Dale Harding played by William Redfield, suffers from paranoia, and is also overly sensitive, and is highly intelligent. Taber played by Christopher Lloyd, is hostile and irreverent.
These characters never become true allies of McMurphy, they only serve to follow him as much as their fears allow.
Chief is a large American Indian who pretends to be a deaf mute to avoid attention.
He uses Chief for his height advantage during a game of basketball between the patients and the orderlies. McMurphy is able to get the other patients to work as group, rather than the confused and timid individuals they have become during their stay in the institution.
McMurphy's and Nurse Ratched recognize the threat that each one poses to the other and begin a competition to gain control of the group. In one battle of power McMurphy successfully manipulates card games to win the cigarettes of the other players.
Nurse Ratched upon seeing this takes them away and gives the cigarettes back to the men. He tries to get the group excited with the idea of escape by trying to lift and remove a hydrotherapy fixture to throw it through the window.
It proves to be too large and too heavy for him to lift and he gives up after several tries. The messages that he is trying to get across to them is, if you are not happy with your circumstances you are in, then you have to make attempts to escape them using whatever methods you can employ where you are at.
In later scene McMurphy hijacks a hospital bus and coerces the other passive patients to board the bus. He goes to pick up a girlfriend of his, Candy played by Marya Small. They arrive at a dock and he steals a boat to take the group out to sea. He says to them, "You're not nuts, you're fishermen!"Working Families is a pioneering study by scholars of great capability and insight.
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