Arthur Miller develops themes of power somewhat differently in his play The Crucible. Because …show more content…
Performing euthanasia on McMurphy is the final step in the Chief's growth', and after McMurphy is lobotomised, all the other patients decide they are ready to leave the hospital and the Nurse loses all power over them.
At the start of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Dale Harding describes all of the patients as rabbits'. They have no power over anything and are scared of the outside world. With McMurphy's help, they are able to grow (in the Chief's eyes) and gain control of their lives. An important part of this growth is their discovery of their own power. During the fishing trip, Harding states
"Never before did I realize that mental illness could have the aspect of power. Power. Think of it: perhaps the more insane a man is, the more powerful he could become" (185)
This is a far cry from his original rabbit' theory.
Charles Cheswick is a minor character who exhibits childish, angry behaviour when he challenges the Nurse. Soon after that, while at the pool, he is still agitated and distracted. He dives into the water and drowns accidentally. At the end of the book, the Chief still sees Billy Bibbit as relatively small'. Although he has experienced some growth, he still has no power over his mother because he is still afraid of her. Billy commits suicide because of this fear. Kesey exaggerates these examples to show those without power and control cannot survive.
After McMurphy helps him, Chief Bromden manages to grow back to his full size