Fear Of Mortality In Joseph Heller's Catch-22
“They 're trying to kill me,” Yossarian told him calmly.
“No one 's trying to kill you,” Clevinger cried. …show more content…
Further in the book, Catch 22 states that officers are allowed to do anything the people cannot stop them from doing, and that there is a law which states that officers will never have to present proof of Catch 22 to anyone. Which law is this? Catch 22, of course. In many ways, Catch 22 embodies both the essence of absurdity and the abstract nature of death. Catch 22 is the very definition of nonsense, as its subjects are forced to run in circles attempting to achieve for Catch 22 what the same Catch says is impossible. Catch 22 may even be compared to death itself, as there is no escape. There is only a means to an end, albeit an unattainable one. For many soldiers, it is better to live life imagining Catch 22 does not exist, as it is better for some to imagine that death or God does not exist (Heller