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Unformatted text preview: As a theme, the catch is that anyone under military or political authority has to submit to the will of authority. When Yossarian goes to Rome near the end of the novel and speaks with an old woman, the only one left in the brothel, she tells him that military police and the carabinieri ran the girls out of the apartment building under the authority of Catch-22. Although no one ever actually sees Catch- 22, the entire military complex functions under its authority. Why does everyone submit? Because Catch-22 is the law. Who says so? Catch-22, of course. When Colonel Korn and Colonel Cathcart call Yossarian into their office to discuss the arrangement for his release from military duty (Chapter 40), Yossarian briefly seems to have the commanding officers in a Catch-22. On the one hand, they cannot simply send him home if it looks like a reward for refusing to fly more missions. That would destroy morale. On the other hand, Korn and Cathcart for refusing to fly more missions....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
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