One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

How might the story of McMurphy be understood as a religious metaphor?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest By Ken Kesey

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McMurphy is different from the other patients. Really he has nothing wrong with him. He is clever and doesn't back down to authority. He is also a leader of sorts, a Christ-figure trying to save the patients from the system society has put them under. In the end he sacrifices himself.