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Shannon McHughProfessor Susan BeckwithEnglish 303/ Essay #326 January 2011A Microcosm of Human Rational in Times of IrrationalityThe painting of a story that Joseph Heller gives to the reader in his bookCatch-22is acomplex multi web of themes lying over more themes. There are many possible themes to whichI could focus on for the premise of this essay but the one theme that is seemingly linking allcharacters and themes together is the fundamentals of responsibility. As with any militaryorganization the structuring of responsibility is crucial to the survival of that system. This truth isdisturbingly seen throughoutCatch-22in the many flagrant details of the characters portrayedthroughout the book. This structure of responsibility is detailed not only on the larger scalewithin the military but also on an individual’s personal level. It is this act of trying tosynchronize responsibility on the personal level with the larger scheme that creates a disharmonyso particularly and artistically described by Heller. This disharmony is best described by the