Mother Ratched: The main antagonist of the book. Nicknamed "The Big Nurse," Ratched usurps her power over all ward doctors and lower nurses due to her having been friends with many officials of the hospital. The authority figure of the novel and tries to bend her patients to fit what their conservative society thinks is 'right'. Examples of this include repressing their sexuality, manipulating them to blame all short-comings on themselves, keeping clean and quiet for the majority of the day, and making them inadvertently fear displeasing women. Throughout the story, she tries a number of ways to both psychologically and physically break McMurphy and any other patients who may stand in her way. She is seen as a monstrous form of women overall.
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