Study Guide

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Characters

By Ken Kesey

Randle McMurphy

McMurphy is larger than life, a man destined to change the asylum forever. Whether he’s a...

Chief Bromden

Chief is the narrator of the story and for most of the book, he’s just an observer. He...

Nurse Ratched (Big Nurse)

Nurse Ratched desires order, and she wants complete power, so she manipulates her patients and...

Dale Harding

Until McMurphy shows up, Dale Harding is the natural leader among the Acutes—the one...

Billy Bibbit

Doctor Spivey

Charles Cheswick

Cheswick is one of the Acutes, the first patient to support McMurphy when he pits himself against...

The Acutes

The Chronics

The Chronics are made up of patients who are considered incurable and will probably be in the...

Candy Star

Candy is the young prostitute who accompanies the men on their boating expedition and later...

George Sorenson (Rub-a-Dub George)

George is a former fisherman who is deathly afraid of dirt. After the fishing trip, Nurse Ratched...

The Orderlies

Williams, Warren, Washington, and Geever are the orderlies at the ward. These men are always...

Rawler

Rawler commits suicide by cutting off his balls and bleeding to death. This symbolizes the way...

Sandy

Sandy is a prostitute who knows McMurphy. She joins in on the ward part and is found in...

Public Relation

A fat-faced, balding man who brings people in for tours of the insane asylum. He promotes the...