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    over wealth, glory, or power. Milo Minderbinder, the mess officer, greatly contrasts with Yossarian because he values wealth and power over lives. As he once said, he believes that a “contract justifies everything. After receiving fresh fruit to help him recover from his mysterious liver illness, Yossarian immediately declares that he will not eat it, mainly since he wishes not to recover. Milo, ever the capitalist, frowns when Yossarian “gives [the fruit] to [Dunbar, Aarfy, Nately…]” (62). He actually offers to “be [Yossarian’s] partner” in selling the fruits (63). As the novel continues, Milo continues his obsession with wealth, selling eggs to make a profit. He explains to Yossarian that “I make a profit of three and a quarter cents an egg by selling them for four and a quarter cents an egg to the people in Malta I buy them from for seven cents an egg. Of course, I don't make the profit. The syndicate makes the profit. And everybody has a share" (231). Milo only acts so that he may increase his profit. As mentioned shortly after, Milo would “fly away to England to pick up a load of Turkish halvah and come flying back from Madagascar leading four German bombers filled with yams…” (253). Milo also tries to deceive his customers, labeling his syndicated “M&M Enterprises” where “the “M&M” stood for Milo & Minderbinder, and the & was inserted, Milo revealed candidly, to nullify any impression that the syndicate was a one-man operation” (253). Milo wished to remain the only man…

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    from the character Milo Minderbinder. Over the course of the novel, Milo develops an intricate system of profit and becomes an almost godlike figure to whom he buys and sells items. Without Yossarian’s generosity and humanity as he stands to the side of Milo’s operation, Milo’s commitment to his syndicate may have appeared patriotic and beneficial instead of corrupt. A simple occurrence sets the character difference between Milo and Yossarian in chapter 7. Milo is on a rampage trying to become…

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    a thought of God. His mortality blinds him to religion’s true purpose, making him long for a way to preserve his name in history, regardless of how he does it. The looming threat of death pushes Cathcart and many others to make their lives somehow meaningful; to be famous in their own right. This is precisely the case with Milo, the squadron’s mess officer and infamous trading guru. Blinded to the true meaning of life by greed and fear of death, he seeks only to have great material wealth and…

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    to the reader’s understanding because it helps the reader feel like they are in the situation of the characters in the story. The movie version of the same book was directed by Milos Forman, who also showed that the mood of the ward was quite dynamic. Although both Kesey and Forman showed the mood of the ward to be dynamic, Forman failed to accurately present the mood of the ward as Kesey intended since he made the atmosphere of the ward too funny, which reduced the power of the Big Nurse’s…

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    The blood of many soldiers from World War II, are stained in the nodular hands of bureaucracy. As shown in the novel, Milo Minderbinder, one of soldiers, betrays his country and friends. Also, the Chaplain questions his faith and the existence of God because of the effects of war. And finally, The main character, Yossarian, is a soldier that proves himself to be anti hero, and makes selfish decisions in order to survive, due to the negative effects of bureaucracy. In the novel, Catch 22, the…

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    Leon Sheltzer said it best when he stated that of all the characters exmeplifying moral insanity in the novel, by far “the most prominent of them is Milo Minderbinder, the squadrons mess officer”(Sheltzer, 292). Yossarian describes his appearance as “a simple, sincere face that was incapable of subtly, or guile, an honest, frank face…”(Heller, 64). Milo began a small time commercial broker on an Army outpost during the war. Milos most repeated phrase is that “everyone has a share”, though nobody…

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    In Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22, it depicts the side of World War II that many seem to not realize at first glance. Simply put, Heller focuses more on the conflicts that go on in the allied lines rather than the lethal battles between the Allied and Axis powers. One of the main characters in the book, Milo Minderbinder, plays a crucial role in these conflicts as the book goes on. He at first starts as a simple mess hall officer who attempts to make profit in the war, but ends up letting his…

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    The other way in which Heller uses humor is is to expose the problems with capitalism, most notably seen in M&M Enterprises, the syndicate owned by Milo Minderbinder. Milo “...takes essential supplies from the planes but says that because everyone has a “share” in his business, it’s for their own good” (Catch-22). This quote only touches the surface of the problem; Milo will take anything he thinks he can make a profit on, from the syrettes of morphine in the medical case to the carbon-dioxide…

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    Minderbinder begins the novel as a mess hall officer with the objective of obtaining the best meals to feed the squadron, which he accomplishes by trading eggs. He continued to trade various goods and had the men transport him and his goods all over the place since he claimed that his trade benefited all and he provided the squadron with their luxurious meals. Milo eventually forms a trade syndicate known as M&M Enterprises which he uses to amass huge profits internationally, claiming various…

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    Joseph Heller portrays how the corrupted bureaucracy disrespects individuals by treating them as “cogs in a machine” (Felty, Darren). For example, men with authority such as Milo Minderbinder and Colonel Cathcart would only answer to money and power and they would have no compassion for the individual 's life or any sort of mortality, thus showing how corrupted their minds were. “The planes were decorated with flamboyant squadron emblems illustrating such laudable ideals as Courage, Might,…

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