Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Catch-22 has been more popular with younger readers than older ones. What accounts for its appeal to youth?

Does Joseph Heller’s unrealistic approach to war in Catch-22 make war seem less or more horrific?

Catch-22 has been said to be less about war than about America’s conformist society. In what ways is this true?

Compare the treatment of death in Catch-22 to that in another Heller novel.

What is Something Happened saying about family life?

Compare the style and themes of Catch-22 to Closing Time. Is the sequel equal to its predecessor or inferior as a work of literature?