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Unformatted text preview: The novel later suggests other aspects of Catch-22, but this is its prime example: Orr can be grounded if he's crazy; but if he wants to be grounded, he must be sane. No matter where Yossarian or his friends turn, the military has them in its grip and it all makes perfect sense. Heller extends his sardonic approach to "military intelligence." Chief White Halfoat is unable to read or write; therefore, he is placed in military intelligence. The Chief couldn't attend school as a child because his family was constantly on the move. It was constantly on the move because, everywhere it went, oil was discovered: "Our whole family had a natural affinity for petroleum deposits," the Chief explains. As soon as oil was discovered, the family was sent packing. Soon the oil companies were following the Halfoats everywhere they went. Just as there was nowhere left to flee, war broke out; following the Halfoats everywhere they went....
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