Catch-22 and 1984 - An Analysis and Comparison of Catch-22...

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Unformatted text preview: An Analysis and Comparison of Catch-22 and Nineteen Eighty-Four Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four might, on the surface, strike one as two starkly different novels. A subtler analysis will reveal that, while the two books certainly have their differences in terms of writing style, flow, and tone, they share several of the same underlying themes and ideas. Both are products of a literary tradition that incorporates lessons and examples from the World War II era - Nineteen Eighty-Four drawing on the adverse effects totalitarianism had on the human condition and human dignity, and Catch-22 depicting an industrial-military complex that treated its personnel as little more than microscopic cogs and gears. The defining characteristic of Heller’s writing in Catch-22 is his morbid humor and sarcastic wit, which he uses to great effect in painting a satirical portrait of wartime...
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course ENGL 330 taught by Professor Tezcan during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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Catch-22 and 1984 - An Analysis and Comparison of Catch-22...

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