Gender Issues in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Nurse Ratched, Mrs. Bibbit, and Vera Harding, are the three main power figures of the novel that demonstrate how this is accomplished. Nurse Ratched is the head nurse of her ward. Unlike the other head nurses of the mental hospital Nurse Ratched thrives off the power that she holds, and demands control of every aspect of her patients lives...
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She also is able to control her superiors, such as Dr. Spivey, head of the metal hospital, through shear intimidation. By many patients, especially by Randle Patrick McMurphy, the protagonist of the novel, Nurse Ratched is referred to in blatant sexual terms. This is because of her rather large breasts, which seem to be out of place on such a cold woman, that are a symbol for the sexuality that she tries to hide...
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