Three deaths have recently occurred at the ward, two of these, suicides… Medical reports determined that the death of Randle McMurphy – an awarded sharpshooter in the American military – had occurred after a failed lobotomy ordered by a control fuelled Miss Ratched. Under regular circumstances, Dr. Spivey should order such treatment, but testimonies of nearly every patient determine that in the ward, the nurse is the authority figure, ordering treatments and medication. Randle was a patient who did not enter the hospital in a regular fashion; he was sane, and opted to be under the care of the state hospital. Randle did not sit well in the nurse’s little haven2, he could not be categorised with the “vegetables”3 or the other emotionally drained patients of the ward. However medical reports provided by the hospital, describe a patient much like McMurphy - a patient who challenged her inhumane value for human life – had also undergone lobotomy treatment. Maxwell Taber, a “manipulator”4 questioned the nurse’s decisions, doubting her judgement; he was one of the few patients who even had the ability to question her. Following in the fate of Taber, Randle’s very actions did not see him live, Mrs Ratched, playing God once more, ordered the lobotomy – a suitable treatment for a sane being in the twisted ward of Oregon State Hospital.
The Declaration of Independence states, “All men are created equal and there are certain unalienable rights should never violate. These rights include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”5. Liberty, by definition, means that you are free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on ones behaviour. By definition, isn’t that exactly what has been taking place at the Oregon State Mental Hospital? She was playing God with these men, manipulating an entire ward to her satisfaction; pretending to help people by and for the common democratic good, but served only the tyranny of the mediocre majority and the management of the institute that supported the practice for its own purpose. Stripping every single man in that ward down to just his physical features, Mildrid Ratched vilified her oath, her Duty of Care, and the lives of these men.
Is the evidence of Nurse Ratched’s wrong doing not just? To have depraved