ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST TIMELINE continued
Jana Albustami period 1
McMurphy breaks the glass covering the Nurse Ratched's station from the patients' day room. McMurphy claims that the glass was so spotless that he forgot it was even there.
" Why should it be me goes to bat at these meetings over these piddling little gripes about keeping the dorm door open and about cigarettes in the Nurses’ Station?" (150)
McMurphy and Chief Bromden fight the nurse's aids so Nurse Ratched sends them to the Disturbed. They were defending George from Nurse Ratched during the meeting.
"Won’t even have to bait a hook; just be our captain and give orders to us dumb landlubbers - how’s that strike you?” I could see George was tempted by the way he wrung his hands under his shirt, but he still said he couldn’t risk getting dirty. (177)
McMurphy is then punished with electroshock therapy but Nurse Ratched tells him it can be avoided if he admits his wrong doing. McMurphy stands up for his belief and does not seem afraid to receive the punishment
"All he has to do is admit he was wrong, to indicate, demonstrate rational contact, and the treatment would be canceled this time." (216)
Nurse Ratched catches Billy in bed with Candy and makes him feel ashamed and guilty, warning about his mother knowing what they had done. Billy then commits suicide using a few of Nurse Ratched's doctor tools.
"What worries me, Billy,” she said - I could hear the change in her voice - “is how your poor mother is going to take this.” She got the response she was after. Billy flinched and put his hand to his cheek like he’d been burned with acid. (242)
“He cut his throat,” she said. She waited, hoping he would say something. He wouldn’t look up. “He opened the doctor’s desk and found some instruments and cut his throat. The poor miserable, misunderstood boy killed himself. He’s there now, in the doctor’s chair, with his throat cut. (245)
After Billy's death, McMurphy is angered by the loss and chokes Nurse Ratched in hope of killing her until two guards take him away. For this, Nurse Ratched orders McMurphy to be lobotomized, making sure he stays at the ward permanently. However, before the lobotomy, Chief Bromden suffocates McMurphy in his sleep, killing him.
"The big, hard body had a tough grip on life. It fought a long time against having it taken away, flailing and thrashing around so much I finally had to lie full length on top of it and scissor the kicking legs with mine while I mashed the pillow into the face. I lay there on top of the body for what seemed days. Until the thrashing stopped. (248)
Because of McMurphy, Chief Bromden now has the courage to escape the ward and be free. Instead of wanting to be found in the fog, Chief Bromden uses it to hide himself from the black boys and opens a window panel the way McMurphy taught him in order to escape and run towards the highway.
" I heaved my legs under me and felt the grind of weight at my feet. I heaved again and heard the wires and connections tearing out of the floor. I lurched it up to my knees and was able, to get an arm around it and my other hand under it. The chrome was cold against my neck and the side of my head. I put my back toward the screen, then spun and let the momentum carry the panel through the Screen and window with a ripping crash." (250)