Being involved in War Has Made Us Insane: The Book "Catch 22"

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William Shakespeare, the great playwright and dramatist, once wrote, “Though this be madness, yet there is method” (“Thinkexist.com”). A person may act crazy, say insane things, and commit mad acts, but the person themselves may not truly be derailed. Often, people’s seemingly irrational behaviors could be judged reasonable if put into the correct context. In Catch-22 nearly all the men act crazy, but are reasonably sane at the same time. Most of them believe that war is insane, and being involved in the war has made them all insane too. Chaos induces crazy behaviors in people that, in reality, may only be tactics used to stay alive, sane, and safe. Sometimes the chaos itself is not only the cause of insane actions, but an insane notion on …show more content…
Yossarian acts on an impulse, “in the middle of the night, [he] knocked on wood, crossed his fingers, and tiptoed out of his tent to move the bomb line up over Bologna” (Heller 129). Yossarian’s thought process was that he would try anything, even if it meant being court marshaled, to try and get out of participating in the mission. He moved the bomb line, after doing a few lucky rituals, in hopes that his superiors wouldn’t notice. It seems insane to an average person that a man serving his country would risk a seemingly large and important battle for something as simple as his safety, yet all Yossarian was trying to do was save his own life, no matter what else could be at stake. Yossarian’s cognitive thoughts and actions often evoke the other men to initially think he’s crazy but later on believe that, “that crazy bastard may be the only sane one left” (Heller 120). Yossarian proves that sanity can be seen through the veil of insane actions if the actions are placed into context with the surrounding events. The chaos of war also makes Yossarian revert to odd actions, causing the other men to further question his sanity and try to reason out his actions. For example, after one of the men asks Yossarian, “Why don’t
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