Unformatted text preview: The protagonist of Catch-22 is Captain John Yossarian, age twenty-eight, a bombardier in the 256th Squadron of the Twenty-seventh Air Force, stationed on Pianosa during World War II. Critics often refer to Yossarian as an antihero. By that, they mean that he is a leading character who is unlike — perhaps the opposite of — classic heroes of mythology or legend, such as Homer's Odysseus. Classic heroes usually are endowed with exceptional physical strength, ability, or natural beauty. Odysseus, for example, was a great warrior blessed by the gods and strengthened, or physically altered, by them when necessary to his best interests. When appropriate, he was made to appear as the most beautiful of men. Such heroes usually belong to a ruling class, are born to greatness, and transcend their peers in courage and devotion to a cause. War brings out the best in them; they love transcend their peers in courage and devotion to a cause....
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- Fall '11