One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Billy Bibbit Character Analysis

A patient on the ward with a stutter. He appears young, but is actually thirty-one. He is completely dominated by his mother (a close friend of Nurse Ratched), and committed himself to the hospital voluntarily because he couldn’t handle the outside world. After he loses his virginity to Candy Starr in the nighttime ward party, he is initially proud. But when Nurse Ratched threatens to tell his mother, Bibbit slits his own throat and dies.

Billy Bibbit Quotes in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest quotes below are all either spoken by Billy Bibbit or refer to Billy Bibbit. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest published in 2002.
Part Two Quotes

Tell me why. You gripe, you bitch for weeks on end about how you can’t stand this place, can’t stand the nurse or anything about her, and all the time you ain’t committed. I can understand it with some of those old guys on the ward. They’re nuts. But you, you’re not exactly the everyday man on the street, but you’re not nuts.

Related Characters: Randle P. McMurphy (speaker), Dale Harding, Billy Bibbit, Sefelt
Page Number: 167
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Part Four Quotes

First Charles Cheswick and now William Bibbit! I hope you’re finally satisfied. Playing with human lives—gambling with human lives—as if you thought yourself to be a God!

Related Characters: Nurse Ratched (speaker), Randle P. McMurphy, Billy Bibbit, Charles Cheswick
Page Number: 274
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Billy Bibbit Character Timeline in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The timeline below shows where the character Billy Bibbit appears in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part One
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...realizes immediately he’s an Acute and walks over to some of the others. He asks Billy Bibitt who’s in charge so that he, himself, can take over. Billy says he supposes... (full context)
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...something to McMurphy. Bromden can vaguely hear what’s going on in the meeting: talking about Billy Bibbit’s stutter and his issues with women and his mother. Bromden feels afraid of how... (full context)
Part Two
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...the ward who is involuntarily committed—everyone else can leave whenever they want to. McMurphy asks Billy Bibbit in disbelief that he surely must be committed, why would he be here when... (full context)
Part Three
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...patients and are polite. On the way back to the hospital, Candy is asleep against Billy Bibbit’s chest and McMurphy can tell that he likes her. He arranges a date for... (full context)
Part Four
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...should make a break for it. McMurphy responds, though, that tonight is the night of Billy Bibbit’s date with Candy Starr and he can’t leave yet because it would disappoint Billy.... (full context)
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...Turkle to let Candy in through the window and to unlock the Seclusion Room for Billy Bibbit and Candy. Candy arrives later on with Sandy, bringing loads of alcohol. Everyone starts... (full context)
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Nurse Ratched discovers Billy and Candy in the Seclusion Room and is shocked and appalled, though Billy appears happy.... (full context)
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Nurse Ratched approaches McMurphy with the news of Billy’s death and asks him if he’s satisfied with how he’s gambled with human lives like... (full context)