He visited this institution as a paid volunteer for government experiments with LSD drugs. He was given drugs and asked to record exactly how they affected him.
Really not insane, he transforms the ward by teaching the other inmates to question arbitrary and repressive authority. Eventually lobotomized after attacking Nurse Ratched, he is killed in his sleep by Chief Bromden.
She maintains order by exercising absolute authority over the hospital staff and its patients. McMurphy compares her techniques with the "brainwashing" used by the Communists during the Korean conflict. Chief Bromden A towering man of mixed Native American and white heritage. He is diagnosed as an incurable paranoid-schizophrenic, and pretends to be deaf and mute in order to protect himself from the forces of the Combine, which he believes is a mechanized society intent on usurping freedom and individuality.
The Chief is gradually rehabilitated by McMurphy and emerges as the real protagonist of the book at the conclusion. He suffocates McMurphy after Nurse Ratched has him lobotomized and escapes from the hospital.
Dale Harding A college-educated and effeminate man, who is psychologically "castrated" by his sexy wife and Nurse Ratched. Harding is an Acute patient, one who has voluntarily committed himself to the hospital.
Billy Bibbit A year-old man dominated by his mother to the extent that he is still unmarried and a virgin. Bibbit is also a voluntarily committed Acute, despite the fact that his wrists reveal a previous suicide attempt.
He was released from the hospital after being made docile by electroshock therapy. After McMurphy begins to yield to authority, Cheswick drowns himself.
Martini A delusional man, who, nonetheless, learns to laugh at himself and the world around him. Sefelt and Frederickson Both men are epileptics. Sefelt refuses to take his medicine because it causes his gums to rot and his teeth to fall out; Frederickson, on the other hand, takes double dosages.
He is captain of the boat on the fishing trip, and his fear of an enema causes McMurphy and Chief to defend him against the African-American hospital aides. The Lifeguard A former football player given to fits of violent behavior.
Like McMurphy, his commitment is involuntary. He explains to McMurphy that they can only be released when Ratched signs their releases. Pete Bancini A patient who, like McMurphy, avoided the controlling influence of the Combine, but suffers from brain damage.
Colonel Matterson A wheelchair-bound patient who raves continually in disconnected metaphors. Ellis and Ruckly Two Acutes turned to Chronics after receiving too much electroshock. Ellis stands in a posture of a crucifixion against the ward walls. Old Rawler A noisy patient in Disturbed.
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