Billy Bibbit: A nervous, shy, and boyish patient with an extreme speech impediment, Billy cuts and burns himself, and has attempted suicide numerous times. It’s still hard for me to have a clear mind thinking on it. When McMurphy arrives at the ward, he immediately identifies emasculation is the core of Nurse Ratched’s strategy of control, and notes after the first group session that she is a “ball-breaker.” Nurse Ratched and McMurphy, then, operate in direct opposition of one another throughout the novel: Ratched the emasculating force, McMurphy the hyper-masculine force, bragging about his many sexual conquests and challenging the other men to show some balls. First thing you know he’ll begin to think she’s tougher than he is…. That’s what McMurphy can’t understand, us wanting to be safe. 612.

That’s a good rule for a smart gambler: look the game over awhile before you draw yourself a hand. The best quotes from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey - organized by theme, including book location and character - with an explanation to help you understand! Shame. We are lunatics from the hospital up the highway, psycho-ceramics, the cracked pots of mankind. A man goin' fishing with two whores from Portland don't have to take that crap. 20 of the best book quotes from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, “But it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen.”, “In this country, when something is out of order, then the quickest way to get it fixed is the best way.

He knows that there's no better way in the world to aggravate somebody who's trying to make it hard for you than by acting like you're not bothered. I thought somebody told me you was deef.”. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest . No, my friend. LitCharts Teacher Editions. It's the truth, even if it didn't happen......if they don't exist, how can a man see them? I said, ‘Why, those slippery bastards have conned me, snowed me into holding their bag. Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.

All that five thousand kids lived in those five thousand houses, owned by guys that got off the train. She couldn’t rule with her old power any more, not by writing things on pieces of paper. Billy wants to please everybody, but he also wants to be his own man. It shows the men that Ratched is not some impersonal avenging force, she's a woman, and that the men, by extension, are men, who traditionally are the powerful ones. Mrs. Bibbit gains her power by preventing Billy, from becoming an adult. Billy Bibbit feels emasculated because of his mother’s hold on him and the fact that he had never been with a woman until he has sex with Candy, the prostitute.

Well you're not! Shame.' He knows that you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy. Think of it: perhaps the more insane a man is, the more powerful he could become. If somebody’d of come in and took a look, men watching a blank TV, a fifty-year-old woman hollering and squealing at the back of their heads about discipline and order and recriminations, they’d of thought the whole bunch was crazy as loons.”, “We are lunatics from the hospital up the highway, psycho-ceramics, the cracked pots of mankind.

You must burry on? From the creators of SparkNotes, something better. But you, you’re not exactly the everyday man on the street, but you’re not nuts. I don't think you fully understand the public, my friend; in this country, when something is out of order, then the quickest way to get it fixed is the best way. Teachers and parents! Then—as he was talking—a set of tail-lights going past lit up McMurphy's face, and the windshield reflected an expression that was allowed only because he figured it'd be too dark for anybody in the car to see, dreadfully tired and strained and frantic, like there wasn't enough time left for something he had to do... You get your visions through whatever gate you're granted. Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.

Our, LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in, Compare and contrast themes from other texts to this theme…, The ThemeTracker below shows where, and to what degree, the theme of Emasculation and Sexuality appears in each chapter of. They're like having in-class notes for every discussion!”, “This is absolutely THE best teacher resource I have ever purchased. Maybe that makes him strong enough, being what he is.

You're not! He's the sort of guy that gets a laugh out of people. All I know is this: nobody's very big in the first place, and it looks to me like everybody spends their whole life tearing everybody else down. He’s what he is, that’s it. To Vik Lovell who told me dragons did not exist, then led me to their lairs ... His whole body shakes with the strain as he tries to lift something he knows he can't lift, something everybody knows he can't lift.But, for just a second, when we hear the cement grind at our feet, we think, by golly, he might do it. ” #3: “His whole body shakes with the strain as he tries to lift something he knows he can’t lift, something everybody knows he can’t lift. Oh, a peckin’ party can wipe out the whole flock in a matter of a few hours, buddy, I seen it. I'd take a look at my own self in the mirror and wonder how it was possible that anybody could manage such an enormous thing as being what he was.

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