Archive for May 23, 2010
“Mr. McMurphy, I’m warning you!”
Since my last post, the fog has been getting thicker. One floor above, in the disturbed ward, a patient has castrated himself and has died. Tired of group therapy and the monotony of the ward, McMurphy is still determined to beat Nurse Ratched at her game. His latest attempt is to break routine by watching the World Series game. Nurse Ratched allows the ward to vote on the matter, fully knowing the patients are so deep in her routine, McMurphy will not get enough votes to win. McMurphy dashes around the ward trying to get votes. He gets twenty. However, Nurse Ratched surprises him by saying he needs a majority to change ward policy and there are forty patients. She closes the vote and McMurphy, frustrated, continues to plead for votes. He gets the vote he needs from Chief Bromden. Nurse Ratched tells him the vote was closed but McMurphy turns on the television anyway. She flips a switch turning off the TV but McMurphy still sits there watching the screen as if something was there. Then patients begin to join him. Nurse Ratched is furious by this disobedience and begins yelling at everyone, telling them to follow their scheduled duties. Nobody listens and they continue to watch the blank TV screen. A victory for the McMurphy and the ward.
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