Essay about Summary Of ' Catch 22 ' By Joseph Heller

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Yossarian’s Contribution to the themes of Catch-22
Catch-22 is a novel written by, Joseph Heller, exploring the issues and madness of the world during the war. The novel’s themes are satirized through irrelevant dialogue, circular logic, and contradictory statements. Circular logic is the central theme of the novel, which is mostly represented through the idea of Catch 22.
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one 's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn 't, but if he was sane, he had to fly them. If he flew them, he was crazy and didn 't have to; but if he didn 't want to he was sane and had to.(5.64)
Contradictory statements are commonly found throughout the novel to further satirize situations, “Under Colonel Korn 's rule, the only people permitted to ask questions were those who never did” (4.36). In this situation, no one is allowed to ask questions, this moment emphasises the incompetence of the military authority through contradictory statements. Heller seeks to emphasize the chaos of war and its expectations by over-emphasizing ridiculous aspect of the authority’s commands and decisions. In the case of Clevinger’s and the chaplain’s trials, not only…

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