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Author: Joseph Heller

Year Published: 1961

Type: Novel

Genre: War Literature

Perspective and Narrator:

Heller presents Catch-22 predominantly through the third-person limited point of view of the protagonist, Yossarian.


Catch-22 is written in the past tense.

About the Title:

"Catch-22" is the paradoxical rule that symbolizes the main character's frustration as a bombardier in World War II. It states that anyone who wants to stop flying missions on the grounds of insanity must be sane and, therefore, must keep flying.


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