Essay on The Effects Of War On The Minds Of The Soldiers

1225 Words Dec 17th, 2015 5 Pages
In times of war, it has been found that more soldiers return from combat with a mental illness than are killed in action. News reports tend to focus on the high rates of devastating casualties and physical injuries, while psychological disorders affect nearly one third of returning soldiers. There is no doubt that the scenes and situations endured by persons in action are capable of driving him or her to the point of insanity. If war is to be the end of mankind it will be due to the deterioration of the human psyche and the destruction of the highly-intelligent beings. Former United States President John F. Kennedy’s idea that “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind,” (Kennedy) is supported by evidence from the events in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. Catch-22 illustrates the effects of war on the minds of the soldiers. The novel shows a reversion of the minds of the men to a primitive state, including the mistaking of lust for love and the common miscommunications during the men’s operations. Included in Catch-22 are examples of absurdity that show the worsening aptitude of the men in action. Insanity of a population begins with illiterateness, causing poor communication. "They 're trying to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly. "No one 's trying to kill you," Clevinger cried. "Then why are they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked. "They 're shooting at everyone,” Clevinger answered. "They 're trying to kill everyone." Yossarian 's logic contradicts the…

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