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Unformatted text preview: just Yossarian though). Heller uses Mudd as an example and reinforcement of the fact that almost every soldier or pilot will probably die, and have many close calls where their life could end very easily. This fear caused by Mudd’s corpse spreads like a cancer and harms the morale of the base. For Mudd he is never lived and never did anything now that h has died. He represents all those who have died and become lost souls without an identity. What I found as particularly interesting is the sentence “They had to be dead”. The novel seems to be about how you can’t escape insanity or death due to the war. When you have “to be dead” does that mean anything you work for an do will be forgotten just like Mudd? I think that Yossarian sees this on a base level on not only just trying to avoid death, but also trying to not fade into nothingness like Mudd’s actions and life has....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 1105 taught by Professor Skholloway during the Fall '08 term at Virginia Tech.
- Fall '08