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Is Nurse Ratched the true villain of the story?

Fletcher, as Nurse Ratched, has often been regarded as the villain of the piece but in fact her steady-eyed, level-headed performance produces an effect far more complicated and real than this might suggest. She, as a matter of fact, believes that she's helping people.”

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Similarly one may ask, why is Nurse Ratched villain?

Nurse Ratched Her hatred for the patients, her insistence on enforcing the silliest of rules just to maintain her control, and her unwillingness to "play fair" makes her the enemy of all the men on the ward. Though she accuses McMurphy of playing God, clearly Nurse Ratched is the one playing with lives.

Subsequently, question is, who is Nurse Ratched based on? A former army nurse, Nurse Ratched represents the oppressive mechanization, dehumanization, and emasculation of modern society—in Bromden's words, the Combine. Her nickname is “Big Nurse,” which sounds like Big Brother, the name used in George Orwell's novel 1984 to refer to an oppressive and all-knowing authority.

Then, what mental illness does Nurse Ratched have?

obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

Does McMurphy kill Nurse Ratched?

Enraged with what Ratched has done to Billy and presumably fed up with her cruel nature in the mental institution, McMurphy attacks her and very nearly chokes her to death.

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