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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

by Ken Kesey

Protagonist

Character Role Analysis

McMurphy

McMurphy is the larger than life character who makes everybody on the ward come alive and decide that their lives are worth more than Nurse Ratched leads them to believe. He spurs everybody to action, which is in some ways the opposite of what Ratched does to people. McMurphy is also our narrator’s hero, which means that the story focuses around McMurphy and his actions in the ward.


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