ch. 5-6 - These rules trap and consume the existence of...

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Chapter 5-6 “There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.” p.46 Theme: This passage in particular identifies every aspect of the book into a few short sentences. However this is the bare minimum of the scope the catch of Catch 22 applies to. It lays down the ground rules for every contradiction seen so far and those yet to be seen.
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Unformatted text preview: These rules trap and consume the existence of Yossarian and the rest of the bombardier group, they force these men into doing what their commanding officers interests are. The regulations make for an air tight case of entrapment, life fighting or death. Yossarian must find a way to escape these laws and regulations and the madness that seems to be spreading throughout Pionosa. The ideas themselves indicate a logical and simple approach but yet oppose open another to prevent anyone to override either statement. This logic trap demands the continued service of any soldier for however long it takes. This demand forces any control of a persons own life and ultimately decisions out of his hands, and into the ineptitude of various officers in charge....
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