So what are McMurphy’s weapons in his battle with Nurse Ratched? Increasing in importance they are:
- Physical force – this culminates in smashing the glass and his physical attack on Ratched (but remember this had little effect on the Combine).
- He rips Ratched’s uniform and reveals her breasts, those “mistakes” in “manufacturing” thereby showing that she is vulnerable like everyone else.
- His independence of mind – even after his disappearance his “presence still tromping up and down the halls and laughing out loud in the meetings and singing in the latrines”.
As a result, Ratched loses her patients one by one. McMurphy has the final victory – as Bromden says, “She couldn’t rule with her old power anymore.”