Kesey uses some important literary devices to characterize the novel. One of the literary devices Kesey used with Dr. Spivey was the theme of women castrating men. Nurse Ratched figuratively castrates the Doctor by controlling him and playing on his insecurities and fears. Kesey uses mechanical imagery to represent modern society. This is used specifically with the doctor because like the other patients at the hospital, Dr. Spivey was also turned into a machine by Nurse Ratched. Group therapy was also an important factor in the novel. Group therapy is important because it provides an important event in the story that greatly influences the climax of the story. The Doctor’s theory is that McMurphy’s loathing of his mother must have transferred to Nurse Ratched, who holds a mother-like position as ward nurse. This affects the Doctor because he brings light to something McMurphy probably never admitted to himself and he definitely didn’t want the other inmates to know it either.
Self Eval (EDIT)
Today we had Group Therapy and I was Doctor Spivey. I remained true to the shyness and fearfulness of Dr. Spivey, yet still answered the questions to the best of my ability. I was very good at answering the questions, though my answers could have been more in depth. I would say I was a 7 out of 10.