One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

explain the following allusion and why it is ironic:"you are strapped to a table,shaped,ironically,like a cross,with a crown of electric sparks in place of thorns."

book "one flew over the cuckoos nest"

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There is a direct allusion to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In many ways McMurphy was a Christ-figure surrendering to his own death for the truth, for the sins of others.