" My name is McMurphy, buddies, R. P. McMurphy, and I’m a gambling fool.” ....“Yessir, that’s what I came to this establishment for, to bring you birds fun an’ entertainment around the gamin’ table. Nobody left in that Pendleton Work Farm to make my days interesting any more, so I requested a transfer, ya see." ( 10)
"Any of you sharpies here willing to take my fivebucks that says that I can get the best of that woman - before theweek’s up - without her getting the best of me?" (56)
" looks McMurphy up and down,taking in the hard, heavy shoulders, the lopsided grin, the scar on the nose, the hand clamping the towel in place, and then he looks at the nurse..... He finally winks at the nurse and shrugs and unwraps the towel, drapes it over her shoulder like she was a wooden rack.I see he had his shorts on under the towel all along.." (77)
1. McMurphy Arrives
2. McMurpy's Bet
3. Mcmurphy pretends to not be wearing clothes
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
This scene occurs as McMurphy first enters the mental ward, and meets the other patients . This scene is important because it serves as an introduction of all of the other patients and of mcmurphy. This scene also serves as the first starting event of the novel.
In this scene, mcMurphy notices the patient's fear of the nurse, and bets that he can rile up the nurse. This scene is of the upmost importance, due to it pushing Mcmurphy to do 'rebellious' acts to fulfill his side of the bet.
In this scene, Mcmurphy pretends to not have been given a uniform, and walks around in a towel. He gets the nurse flustered, then takes off the towel to show that he had been wearing shorts underneath the towel the whole time. this scene is essential because it is the first act to fulfill the bet, and is the first ' defiant' act against the nurse.