Essay: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Qn.1 Comparing and contrasting the character of Chief Bromden and McMurphy
Chief Bromden, the narrator in the novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is nicknamed chief broom because of the fact that he is the one who sweeps the halls. His state of medication makes him feel as if an imagined fog in the beginning of the novel surrounds him. He is bullied and this makes him suspicious of everyone around. He has this belief that he is weak although before he was a strong man. Towards the end of the novel, after he is out of the fog courtesy of McMurphy he realizes that he is still the same strong person. Unlike McMurphy, who is noisy chief Bromden is reserved to an extent that every body believes that he is deaf and dumb.
Despite being six feet and seven inches in height, he has been made to accept that he “used to be big, but not no more.” (Kesey 22) McMurphy helps him to recover from the state of believing that he can overcome his insanity. When McMurphy demands to know whether he is deaf he tells him “it wasn’t me that started acting deaf; it was people that first started acting like I was too dumb to hear or see or say anything at all.” (Kesey 179) The state of withdrawal began early in the life of Bromden since the day he was ignored by government officials who had come to their home to see his father when he was ten years old. Even his father Chief Tee Ah Millatoona, which means “The Pine That Stands Tallest on the Mountain”, is a big man but he feels too small because his wife, Mary Louise Bromden ganged up with members of their tribe to force him to sell the tribal land. (Kesey 188)