One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is the story of "Chief" Bromden, a Native American inmate of a mental asylum, and his focus on Randall Patrick McMurphy, a petty crook who pretends to be insane to avoid prison. McMurphy clashes repeatedly with the domineering Nurse Ratched, the asylum's administrator, until a physical altercation prompts Ratched to have him lobotomized. The novel dwells on the inhuman treatment of mental patients in the United States and on the institutionalized violence of administrative staff.

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