One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
by Ken Kesey
Rabbits and the Wolf
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Harding explains to McMurphy that the world is divided into the weak and the strong. He, the doctor, and most of the patients are the weak—rabbits—and Nurse Ratched is the strong, a wolf. She hasn’t made them into rabbits—they’re in the asylum because they can’t adjust to being a rabbit in the outside world.