englsh - Adigwu 1 Emmanuel Adigwu Mr Evans AP English May 5 2012 Catch 22 Illogical Nature Joseph Heller uses satire and paradoxes to bring to light the

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Adigwu 1 Emmanuel Adigwu Mr. Evans AP English May 5, 2012 Catch 22: Illogical Nature Joseph Heller uses satire and paradoxes to bring to light the illogical nature of Yossarian’s society. By using humor, he suggests the insanity of war somewhat sane. In this novel, sanity is mistaken for insanity and death is consequential. The illogical nature of human society in this novel brings about a paradox called “Catch-22,” which is also the title to the novel. Although Captain John Yossarian attempts to have himself committed as insane, he is one of the few sane characters that emerge from Joseph Heller's classic anti-war satire, Catch-22 . Yossarian is no hero; he has but one goal: to survive the war and return home. His best chance, he believes, is to be grounded, so he can sit out the never-ending bombing runs that his squadron faces. But he realizes that whenever he gets close to the maximum number of missions, they will be raised again by the squadron commander, Colonel Cathcart. His plea for insanity will not work, since by claiming that he is mentally ill, it only proves that he is sane. This is just one of the uses of the military's great, unwritten rule--Catch-22. Considered to be the novel’s most famous quote, explains the meaning of Catch-22. -“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he

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