Name: Vaibhavi Shah Data Sheet AP Literature Book Title Catch-22 Author Name Joseph Heller Date of Publication November 10, 1961 ° ° Time Period World War 2 - 1950’s ° ° About the Author Catch-22 is based on Joseph Heller's experiences as a young officer and bombardier stationed on Corsica ° ° Genre Black Comedy/Historical Fiction/Satire - the book is about the world war 2, experiences of the author but is a bitterly funny, on the third page it says setting and characters are fictitious and the scenes are very absurd and violent. ° ° Setting ° Island of Pianosa located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy. It is significant because it plays in World War 2. ° ° Point of View Third Person Limited Omniscient : focused on what Yossarian does and feels. Significant because the
novel describes the war and military corruption from the point of Yossarian. ° ° Plot ° 1. John Yossarian, Air Force captain and bombardier stationed in Pianosa; nearly the end of WWII. 2. Yossarian just wants to survive and stay alive. 3. He signs as Washington Irving in the hospital. 4. He also thinks everyone is trying to kill him. 5. Yossarian is considered insane because no one believes him there is war going on. 6. Yossarian thinks he will never go home because of the number of missions. 7. Colonel Cathcart wants to be a general so he keep raising the number of missions. 8. Major Major Major Major gets promoted to Major but later loses his all friends and becomes symbol of loneliness. 9. Captain Black tries to get revenge on Major Major. 10. Snowden is killed in the Avignon mission. 11. Snowden’s death leave Yossarian traumatized and lose his courage. 12. Catch-22 is defined as a paradoxical way that doesn’t really exist but it is a military rule. 13. Milo makes great amount of money from his black market. 14. Nately falls in love with a prostitute in Rome. 15. Nately is killed and Yossarian brings news to Nately’s whore. 16. Nately’s whore try to stab Yossarian everytime she sees him. 17. Yossarian is given two choices: either to face court martial or sent home if he agrees to support Cathcart and Korn. 18. He makes the decision of not leaving Pianosa. 19. Yossarian couldn’t betray his own men so instead he decided to desert the army and flee to Sweden. 20. Yossarian now starts to control his own life and rejects all the rules of Catch-22. ° ° Allusion ° Allusion is an indirect reference on something or someone. For example in Catch-22 the chocolate covered cotton represents the bureaucracy's worthlessness. ° ° Symbols ° 1. Chocolate covered cotton - symbol of worthlessness just like the military system 2. The hospital - symbol of safety and shelter 3. The soldier in white - many soldiers fighting in war are either lost, forgotten which shows inhumanity of how the military system works °
° Use of Literary Modes, Appeal, or Rhetorical Devices ° 1. Paradox : “There was only one catch and that was Catch-22...If he flew them he was crazy and
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