One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

chief says,"i just want to touch him [McMurphy]because he is who he is."what is the allusion here?

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Again there is the allusion to Christ. McMurphy becomes a Christ-Figure. Instead of doing his time and leaving, he chooses to fight the evil forces of Nurse Ratched and pays with his life. Chief, like a devout disciple, wants to touch McMurphy because he symbolizes truth.