Catch-22 Questions and Answers

Catch-22

Catch-22 is all about war: how confusing, nonsensical, repetitive, and illogical it is. Thus, the prose style in the novel matches the novel's content (we often call this "form mirroring content")....

Latest answer posted May 4, 2019 12:08 am UTC

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Catch-22

Why “Catch-22,” not “Catch-19”? The only people who know the answer to that question would be the author, Joseph Heller and one of his publishers, Candida Donadio. There are no regulations or...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2011 12:50 am UTC

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Catch-22

This quotation can be found in Chapter 3 of Joseph Heller's great anti-war novel, Catch-22, and can be attributed to the main character and protagonist, Yossarian. Yossarian's primary goal is to...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2011 11:39 pm UTC

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Catch-22

Clevinger and Yossarian are arguing over the enemy's intent when they "disagree" over what's happening. Yossarian is specifically plagued with the fact that the enemy is "trying to kill [him]",...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 1:32 pm UTC

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Catch-22

Joseph Heller's classic anti-war absurdist satire, Catch-22, is filled with unending examples of black humor, and perhaps the prime reason that it works so well is because of the life-threatening...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011 12:14 am UTC

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Catch-22

Heller exaggerates the absurdity of his characters' actions, presents war as a battle against one's own side rather than a foreign enemy, and subverts the principles of justice to satirize the...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2016 7:59 pm UTC

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The prevailing tone of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 is satirical. Heller exaggerates the actions of his characters in a way that draws attention to the insanity of war. Yossarian's own actions and...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 12:53 pm UTC

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Yossarian initially seems to be as crazy as all the other characters in this madcap novel, but in reality, he is the most sane person of them all. Only a sane person would look at the mindless...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2019 2:05 pm UTC

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The family name "Yossarian" indicates that this character's family heritage is Armenian. In many Slavic languages, including Armenian, the suffix "-ian" (sometimes spelled "yan") is found at the...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2012 10:33 pm UTC

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This is of course one of the central questions concerning this novel. It is important to remmber that Yossarian is the central character that is used by Heller to express his own thoughts and...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2011 6:12 pm UTC

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Catch-22 opens with Yossarian’s reaction to meeting the chaplain: It was love at first sight. The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him. One might imagine that, due...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2016 6:56 pm UTC

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In the last part of Catch-22, Yossarian is arrested for wandering Rome without a pass. He's already been troublesome for his superiors, refusing to fly missions after Nately's death. Colonel...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2020 11:35 am UTC

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Although Catch-22 was inspired by Joseph Heller’s experiences during the allied Italy campaigns in World War II, he published the novel in 1961. The novel is entirely situated in Italy in the...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2019 6:37 pm UTC

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Keep in mind that any novel, story, play, or poem can have numerous thematic ideas working, and at one time, a reader can see several developing in tandem. With that in mind, I will offer an answer...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2018 3:19 pm UTC

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In addition to the theme of sanity in insane world, two of the other main themes of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 are its obvious anti-war messages and its view of heroes and heroism. The aburdity of...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2010 12:40 pm UTC

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There is a definite sense in which this could be argued. Yossarian could be viewed as the only believable character in this novel because he is the only one who seemingly manages to understand...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2013 5:11 am UTC

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This hilariously comic novel is set in the second half of World War II, and it follows the antics of Yossarian, a pilot who is based on an island called Pianosa near the Italian coast. Yossarian...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2013 5:58 am UTC

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It is clear that Joseph Heller believes war is often handled incompetently by those in charge, and he demonstrates that in Catch-22 by using satire to showcase the incompetence. Heller often uses...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2013 6:59 pm UTC

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Both of these texts are similar in the way that they paint a very bleak picture of war as something that is ultimately destructive and of no benefit whatsoever to humanity. This is highlighted just...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2013 6:56 am UTC

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Joseph Heller’s primary means of exposing the negative aspects of World War 2 is satire. He employs a combination of absurdism and realism to show that the war and the social world within it were...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 8:31 pm UTC

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What makes any theme universal is that it applies to life and human nature no matter in what time period the novel is set. Some of the themes in this novel deal with the shallowness of ambition and...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007 11:59 am UTC

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Here at enotes there are "reliable sources." For instance, there is a biography on the author and two critical essays available. (See the links below.) In addition, you may wish to consult the...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2011 4:00 pm UTC

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One of the key literary strategies adopted by Heller in this book is the abandonment of a single, linear narrative in favour of a non-chronological, non-linear narrative that deliberately distorts...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2013 7:10 am UTC

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Joseph Heller began writing Catch 22 in 1953. After working every weekday, he spent nights and weekends working on the novel, which was finally published in 1961. The novel tells the story of...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2020 11:34 am UTC

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Joseph Heller clearly has a point of view about war, and he demonstrates that perspective best in the names and actions of those in leadership in his novel Catch-22. The characters in leadership...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2013 6:31 pm UTC

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Catch-22

Catch-22 is the catch-all term for a no-win situation that is a major theme and the coined catch-phrase that Joseph Heller uses to title his classic anti-war novel (and my favorite of all American...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2010 10:18 am UTC

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One situation is corporations and their influence on politics. Imagine is Milo was able to claim his corporation as a person as Citizens United Supreme Court Case said they are as far as political...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2013 1:12 am UTC

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Catch-22

The origins of the term, or "catch-phrase" "Catch-22" did not come from England; instead, the term was coined by the author Joseph Heller in his 1961 anti-war satire Catch-22 (my favorite novel!)....

Latest answer posted November 11, 2011 11:00 pm UTC

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Catch-22

Joseph Heller's Catch-22 is my very favorite of all novels. I was lucky enough to be taught it in senior English in high school, and I hope you are doing the same. It is totally fiction, of course,...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2011 1:25 pm UTC

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One of the ways in which Catch-22 is an American novel is the balance between blind patriotism and common sense. The characters are all bound by their patriotic duty to their country; they want to...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2012 6:19 pm UTC

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