One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey


1. Women run the hospital

2. Women are emasculating figures in the book and movie

3. Bromden still tries to be unknown

4. McMurphy still is the protagonist, and a rebellious leader

5. Bibbit still has sex with the prostitute, giving him a moment of masculinity, since his mom tries to keep him from growing into a man.

6. The fishing trip still happens, making the men feel independent and manly.

(Differences are after paragraph explaining the affect the similarities and differences had on the meaning of the story)

The similarities and differences affect the meaning by changing the real character from Bromden to McMurphy in the movie we get a better sense of how the women take away the men's masculinity. Women played the head strong watchmen who never once took their foot off the men's throats. McMurphy was a bigger role and that helped illuminate how women have or can have power over males. The fear of women is the biggest theme in the novel.


1. Cheswick does not die in the movie

2. There is no real narrator in the movie

3. McMurphy is the main character

4. Bromden is more like a second character

5. Doctor Spivey is not much of a main character

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest