Catch 22 By Joseph Heller Essay

1133 Words Apr 4th, 2016 5 Pages
The deadliest conflict in human history, also referred to as the Second World War, took place from 1939 to 1945, and was known by such a bold title, as it was comprised of events that lead to the immense death count of civilians and soldiers. The book Catch-22 written by Joseph Heller tells the story of Yossarian, a 28-year-old bombardier from the 256th Squadron of the US Air Force, trying to avoid flying any more combat missions. The novel takes place on Pianosa, a small Italian island not far from Rome, in the year of 1944, nearly at the end of the Second World War. Focusing on the Italian Campaign that occurs during this time, he mentions Rome and includes two raids in Bologna, which set up the plot and lead to the development of Yossarian as a character. As the events parallel those of Heller’s experiences during World War Two, he writes an accurate story by not only including the negative aspects of the war but featuring the affirmative effects that war has on Yossarian, through the mentioning of geography and the components of the Italian Campaign.
Taking place at the end of World War 2 in Pianosa, a small Italian island not far from Italy, the geography of the story outlines the main events in the story. Even a small island, unaccounted by most, made a contribution to campaigns in World War II, as well as the development of Yossarian. A major location, Bologna, is where the two raids, that Yossarian has to partake in, take place. The first mission to Bologna was one…

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