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In "Why soldiers won't talk" Steinbeck argues that, under extreme stress, the body's natural reaction is to

a. Prepare to die

b. Dull its senses

c. Sharpen its senses

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b. Dull its senses

In the dullness all kinds of emphases change. Even the instinct for self-preservation is dulled so that a man may do things which are called heroic when actually his whole fabric of reaction is changed.


“Why Soldiers Won’t Talk”