Do the main characters attitudes and beliefs remain the same throughout the

Do the main characters attitudes and beliefs remain

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·Do the main character's attitudes and beliefs remain the same throughout the novel, or do they change?Yossarian is consistently trying to get out of the missions assigned to him. In the beginning of thebook, he is faking an illness in the hospital, which grounds him for a while. He does this throughout the novel a vast number of times. Yossarian does not believe in the glory of war, and does not want to be a hero. In fact, “Yossarian considers concepts like ‘courage’ and ‘heroism’ to be foolhardy at best and deadly in the end. Initially, the only cause he is devoted to is his own survival’ he needs to grow and develop as a character before he thinks of others” (Peek). However, by the end of the book “Yossarian has changed - grown – during the course of the novel, but he is still an antihero. If anything, he has grown to hate war and clichés involving ‘heroism’ even more than he did initially. He has grown brae enough to admit that he is a ‘coward’ in military terms…Yossarian just wants to live his life, make a separate peace, and maybe help one lost kid to have a life also” (Peek). By the end of the novel, Yossarian’s characterhas not changed drastically, but he does start to think about other people besides himself. No one can really blame him for his acts of self-conservation, seeing as how his life in the war is. However, while he stays self-serving until the end, he does make a few choices that show his character has evolved and matured a bit more. ·What is Yossarian's primary motivation for doing the things he does?“He [Yossarian] does not risk his life to save others; in fact, his primary goal throughout the novel is to avoid risking his life whenever possible. But the system of values around Yossarian is so skewed that this approach seems to be the only truly moral stance he can take, if only because it is so logical” (SparkNotes Editors).“In this illogical world, Yossarian seizes hold of one true, logical idea – that he should try to preserve life. Unlike a conventional hero, however, Yossarian does not generalize this idea to mean that he should risk his own life in attempts to save everybody else’s” (SparkNotes Editors).Yossarian’s primary motivation in this novel for doing the things he does is survival. He isn’t ready to die during the war, where he feels that people are out to kill him. Most of his war-relatedactions are due to the fact that Yossarian doesn’t even want to participate in the war.·What interesting things or other related topics did you learn from your research?BibliographyPeek, C.A. CliffsNotes on Catch-22. 21 Apr 2017</literature/c/catch22/book-summary>
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Ramage, John D. Twentieth-century American Success Rhetoric: How to Construct a Suitable Self. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2005. Print.Schlegel, Chris. "Catch-22 Characters: Colonel Korn." LitCharts. LitCharts LLC, 25 Oct 2013. Web. 27 Feb 2017.Shmoop Editorial Team. "Captain John Yossarian in Catch-22." Shmoop. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on Catch-22.” SparkNotes LLC. 2003.Web. 20 Apr. 2017.
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