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Obviously, this must be a combination that no Black man can resist. As far as I know, no one ever criticized the film for this racial stereotyping. The party goes badly. McMurphy provides booze to the patients, calls girls, and has a good time. The movie manipulates the audience consistently. The antipsychiatry message is palpable. The system is the problem and the patients are not really sick but rather victims of psychiatric professionals gone wild. What the patients really needed was to loosen up and enjoy life. Just looking at these examples above, if one can shake off the herd thinking, how would your facility react if a patient stole a bus, etc.?

How would you react when a narcissistic patient raises issues and debates unit rules on every turn? I think all of those responses would be similar to those played out in the film. However, the movie was so successful in selling its point of view, that invariably the public and their elected leaders saw only what the director wanted them to see.

The final insult to psychiatric care of that day was the suggestion that electroconvulsive therapy see the companion article in the Biological Perspectives column in this issue and psychosurgery were used as instruments of punishment and retaliation. Psychosurgery was no longer performed at that hospital. It is worth the viewing for students to see depictions of old state hospitals. If teachers are able to help students see the propagandizing aspects of the movie, that by itself adds value critical thinking anyone?

If students also believe that electroconvulsive therapy is barbaric, then that diminishes the film's value as well. Finally, the movie is guilty of distortion, manipulation, racial stereotyping, and is dismissive of the serious and chronic nature of severe mental illness. Is it a real reel? Not in my opinion. If you choose to show this movie to your students, perhaps reading this article beforehand will facilitate their understanding of psychiatric nursing care: then and now. Volume 45 , Issue 1. If you do not receive an email within 10 minutes, your email address may not be registered, and you may need to create a new Wiley Online Library account.

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Younger Nurse's Review When this column was first proposed, I embraced the opportunity to review this iconic film—then immediately experienced a terrible case of writer's block. Jack Nicholson as Randle Patrick McMurphy Nicholson won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as McMurphy, whom most reviewers have characterized as a charming rebel who fakes insanity, playfully disrupts the ward's routines, suffers unfair and inhumane treatment by the facility and its staff, and is liberated by a fellow patient who allows McMurphy to die with dignity.

Older Nurse's Review From the outset, as the credits roll by, the eerie background music sets an ominous tone. The Magic of Movie Manipulation The movie manipulates the audience consistently. Volume 45 , Issue 1 January Pages Figures References Related Information. Close Figure Viewer.

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Previous Figure Next Figure. Email or Customer ID. He was cornered, with Sandy dropping out of the fishing trip, by not having more space available to transport the other patients to the fishing trip. Then he uses the doctors sexual attraction to Candy to rope him into driving.

This display expresses a custom of self-aggrandizement in McMurphy. Likewise, McMurphy manipulates the staff to have his way. More specifically, McMurphy manipulates Mr. Turkle into letting in Candy and Sandy in exchange for money, alcohol, and the promise of sex form one of the whores, although McMurphy never intends for Mr.

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She should be bringing a couple of bottles. Then Mr. In summary, McMurphy displays his conceitedness through his manipulation of the staff. In addition, McMurphy shows his vanity through his desire for power over Nurse Rathced. McMurphy, in order to have complete control of the guys, needs to have control over Nurse Rathced.

A bee in her butt, a burr in her bloomers. Get her goat. McMurphy wants to show that he has power over Nurse Rathced to the point where he can make her blow a gasket when he wants her to. In like manner, McMurphy tries to accomplish this on many occations. One of the more prominent examples is when McMurphy and Nurse Ratched are discussing the fishing trip. He closed his eyes and sucked a deep breath though his teeth.

Here, McMurphy is trying to fluster Nurse Ratched into blowing her gasket, so that he, physiologically, has the power. This truly shows the cockiness that McMurphy possesses. This sent two messages. One was that McMurphy could intimidate Nurse Ratched. The other message was what McMurphy can do. This is a great example of the ego that surrounds McMurphy.

McMurphy saw it as his fault though. He wanted to deliver a final blow to the Big Nurse that would insure that she would lose her power over others and he would win their little battle. McMurphy did the last thing he knew would work to gain power over Nurse Ratched, using physical force.

Mack was so self-absorbed with himself and what would happen if he did nothing, making the Big Nurse the higher power, that he set up his own demise. As a result, they get privileges such as using the tub room and going on fishing trips. This in turn creates a sense of debt among the patients towards Mack.


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Then, when he is being used as an example by Nurse Ratched, Chief fulfills the debt he feels towards Mack. Kieran Saienni. Dara Doran Miller. Eduardo Davila. Diaconescu Silvia.

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Adrian Hui. Ernie Herskovits. At face value her interest lies in a sense of pride in work and completion, not content to let others do what she considers her responsibility. Whether McMurphy has been called or is considered mentally ill is sort of beside the point though because he is treated as if he was mentally ill.

He is confined to the hospital and he is medicated. The most controversial action taken by the staff then to me would be Dr. That he defers to Ratched, allowing her to treat McMurphy as if he were mentally ill without any evidence for diagnosis is baffling. I think it is this sense of inaction, the senseless application of medication and behaviorist therapy that really calls attention to Spivey and his institution.

For example, McMurphy and the other patients are restricted from the tub room and are rationed their cigarettes after McMurphy has shown himself to be quite the gambler. When McMurphy strangles Nurse Ratched he gets a transorbital lobotomy. In the course of his hospital stay, mentally ill or not, McMurphy hijacks a school bus and a boat, fights hospital staff and almost chokes a woman to death. But what is criminal is not necessarily sign of mental illness. Martin 4 McMurphy clearly has a problem with violence.

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There are three major diagnoses documented in the DSM IV that are given to those who regularly exhibit violence. They are all personality disorders. They are antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. Violence is also seen in bipolar I and schizophrenic patients. Among these, McMurphy exhibits many characteristics that could classify him as having antisocial personality disorder. McMurphy lies frequently. His very stay in the hospital in fact may be founded in deception.

He quickly resorts to violence. On a number of occasions he recklessly endangers himself and others. Yet whether McMurphy was actually mentally ill is beyond the scope of this question. Yes, McMurphy was treated as if he was mentally ill.

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How was mental illness defined through subjective social judgments? For Mr. McMurphy, because the staff knew that he had arrived from jail, there most likely was an automatic social stigma that he was a rude and obnoxious individual. Nurse Ratched seemed untouchable with a calm demeanor, and this added more negative points for Mr. Also, toward the beginning of the film, after being admitted into the mental health facility, Mr. McMurphy seemed baffled with the behaviors of the other patients, of which he probably believed they themselves were mentally ill in the sense of the actual clinical definition as he understood it.

McMurphy is never labeled mentally ill, so this question is beside the point. The label did not seem to affect Mr. McMurphy at all; he even poked fun at being labeled crazy by the penitentiary, for not being able to resist the female teenager he was accused for statutory rape. McMurphy was trying to explain. The day after the World Series imagination scene, Mr.

McMurphy meets with Dr. Spivey then informs Mr. McMurphy that after four weeks of observation, he sees no evidence of mental illness, believing he has been faking his insane behavior. McMurphy also asks the doctor if that is crazy enough for him, or if he would like him to defecate on the floor, which would also indicate an example of mental illness, according to Mr. However I object to the nature of this question, for it seems to be founded in false pretenses. I have another objection. It does not in itself create mental illness though.

This is again beside the point though because McMurphy is never diagnosed. If so, please describe. How these patients were harmed by any therapeutic procedures is never definitely measured though so how could we conduct any analysis on their effectiveness? The EST depicted in the film does look painful. It is also a highly inaccurate portrayal of the procedure as it was actually conducted.