Yossarian As A Hero In Catch-22 By Joseph Heller

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Yossarian, the main character of the novel Catch-22 written by Joseph Heller, battles against an oppressive society of high ranked officers, insane comrades, and the general conflicts that surround the battles of World War II. As a whole, Yossarian is undeniably a hero because of his need to fight against an unjust system that is put in place and his ability to stand his ground no matter the situation. When questioned by Major Danby about how he is not thinking of his country when he wants to flee from the war he replies, “I’ve flown seventy goddam combat missions. Don’t talk to me about fighting to save my country. I’ve been fighting all along to save my country. Now I’m going to fight a little to save myself. The country’s not in danger any more, but I am” (Heller 456).…show more content…
This intelligence serves him well throughout the novel as he is consistently tested by corrupt overseers and most importantly, the war itself. Yossarian’s war is not the same as everyone else on the island of Pianosa but instead involves personal episodes that have shaped his character and made him into the hero he is. The most influential event that changed his character is when he was taking care of Snowden in the back of the fighter plane and witnessed Snowden’s death and learned an important lesson about himself in the process. Yossarian learned that, “Man is matter, that was Snowden’s secret. Drop him out a window and he’ll fall. Set fire to him and he’ll

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