Catch2 - Catch-22 is usually called a comic satirical novel...

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Unformatted text preview: Catch-22 is usually called a comic satirical novel, but the category may be too narrow. Traditionally, literary satire involves a topical work that examines human folly, shortcomings, vices, abuses, or irrational behavior. The author might use exaggeration, distortion, or irony to hold up weaknesses for ridicule, derision, or just plain fun. Sometimes the result is amusing; sometimes it's touching or even horrifying. The seventeenth-century English poet, dramatist, and critic John Dryden distinguished between two major divisions of satire comic and tragic basing his categories on the contrasts in the works of Roman satirists Horace (658 b.c.) and Juvenal (a.d. 60-c.140). Simply put, Horace's poetry was more likely to invoke laughter in his audience; Juvenal more often moved his audience to outrage or anger. At first glance, Heller's novel seems more in the comic vein; but, as usual with outrage or anger....
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