New York city
Los Angeles, California
The struggles of childhood/growing up
People in power versus those who are powerless
Feminine power versus masculine power
How does society define "sanity"?
The individual versus society
He was misbehaving at the work farm where he'd been sentenced.
He had too many friends that were prostitutes.
Nurse Ratched invited him because she and R.P. were old friends.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Being a medic during World War II
Being locked in a mental hospital while he was a child
Spending time with Native Americans like Bromden during summers in high school
Working in a mental ward to support himself while in college
Of the health and well-being of the patients
Of her sense of right and wrong
It reminded Nurse Ratched of her time growing up on a farm where schedules were very important
She has to do the same thing every day, so everyone else's days should be the same, too
San Antonio, Texas
New York, New York
A boy in high school feels so much pressure that he considers suicide
Craig and Holden both smoke tons of cigarettes even though they know they're bad for one's health
Craig and Holden both feel alone and believe no one can understand what they're going through
Craig and Holden both have a crush on a girl that they can't really go out with
Craig and Holden both think that everyone is "phony"
Craig and Holden both love to play table tennis
Craig and Holden each have a younger sister
The hat helps curb his hunger, since he is broke and alone without much food.
He thinks that it makes him look crazy.
He feels safer and protected when he is wearing it- more like he can be himself.
It reminds him of the museum he loved going to when he was a child.