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    “There was only one catch and that was Catch-22,” writes Heller, squatting low at the edge of the dimly lit ring, ready to tackle his target at the slightest indication of vulnerability. Dancing nimbly through the murky clouds of confusion obscuring war, Heller strikes out at insanity, grappling adroitly with his slippery objective before taking him down to the sweat-soaked mat. In a maneuver of grotesque dexterity, Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22, articulates the public’s growing concern toward foreign entanglement in the era subsequent to World War Two, facing off not only against the inoperable chaos that is war, but also against the unruly opponent of insanity. Populating Heller’s Catch-22 is an array of miscellaneous characters representing a diverse and laughably comical smattering of backgrounds and mentalities. By throwing these unique identities into the melting pot of military requisition, Heller brews a potent antiwar concoction piping with animosity and bitter with fear. From Yossarian, a pilot whose only objective is staying alive, to his commanding officer, whose main goal is to push his men past the brink of sanity, the military base is populated with a memorable, sad, and hilarious assortment characters who all embody minute aspects of Heller’s antiwar crusade. As the story progresses, each page…

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    Catch 22 was written by Joseph Heller, who is well known for writings satire novels. Joseph Heller, the author, uses many different examples of satire.Catch-22 is usually called a comic satirical novel. A comic satirical novel is a literary genre in which comedic forms , exaggeration, are used to focus on human weakness and societal problems.In Catch 22 the author takes the reader on an emotional trip through the extended use of satire. Satire is the use of humor to expose others stupidity…

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    The Original Catch-22 War is brutal and cruel, but it can also absurd as Joseph Heller vividly shows in his first novel Catch-22. Heller would certainly know about war. He fought in World War 2 as a bombardier and flew 60 missions over Italy. After his tour of duty, he wrote Catch-22, a satire, to protest war and show the irrationality of it. In the novel, Yossarrian is a bombardier pilot who is trying to survive in a squadron where the colonel keeps raising the number of missions they have…

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    In Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, much of the satire is being directed toward the military, military high command to be specific. Such is the case for the constant increase in the number of flight missions throughout the book. From 50 missions at the beginning of the book to 80 at the end, the increase never ceased and they were often increased for odd reasons. For example, when Kid Sampson and McWatt die, “Colonel Cathcart was so upset […] he raised the missions to sixty-five” (Heller 339) and “he…

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    Catch-22 By Joseph Heller

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    Catch-22 stood out to me when I realized it introduced the first use of the phrase catch-22. The novel piqued my curiosity and I had to know the origin story of one of my favorite phrases. I enjoyed reading Catch-22, yet I could not get past some aspects of the novel. Joseph Heller’s uncanny ability to meander to a completely unrelated topic to the current storyline, then relate it back to a previous topic in the novel had me conflicted throughout the whole book. I greatly enjoyed the…

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    fighting” (Tzu). The aforementioned quote is an ability that humans have yet to perfect, despite eras of social development. Humankind has fought against themselves for thousands of years and little has come of all the bloodshed and carnage. It can be derived that war has done more harm than good, and thus is an unnecessary figment of human nature. Such theme is evident in two masterpieces of literature; one titled Catch-22, written by Joseph Heller and the other being Troy, directed by Wolfgang…

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    There is usually a fine line between humor and seriousness in most literature that Joseph Heller breaks in his novel Catch-22. Heller blends together comedy with frightening truths and criticisms about the military during World War II. Although there are many elements that contribute to the overall quality of the satire, the characters are the main focus and represent different elements of the military process. In particular, the absurdly named Major Major Major Major, who will be referred to as…

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    of a soldier. This satire conveys characters as being insane, while they are in truth the only sane people there. Joseph Heller redefines the word sanity through his satirical war novel. Yossarian's character embodies the stereotype of mental issues during wartime. The army sees Yossarian as a lunatic -- always pulling crazy antics which do not comply with the standard behavior. As a result of this, he was labeled as insane. Throughout the novel, Yossarian tries to remove himself from the war…

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    Satire In Catch 22

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    Some novels or plays seem to advocate changes in social or political attitudes or in traditions. Choose such a novel or play and not briefly the particular attitudes or traditions that the author apparently wishes to modify. Then analyze the techniques the author uses to influence the reader’s or the audiences views. Joseph Heller uses “Catch 22” to help advocate for change in attitudes towards the bureaucracy of the military, the treatment of soldiers mental health, and the problems with…

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    Joseph Heller's Catch-22

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    characters face these difficult situations as they fight in World War II under harsh command of their leaders. Catch-22 has been challenged many times throughout the years as most books have been but with with the topics Catch-22 covers, war and government flaws, it is often the center of controversy and provokes people's emotions. In Joseph Heller’s novel we learn about the hardships that soldiers faced in World War II. Also the constant threat of danger along with corrupt…

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