“Catch-22” is realistic in its powerful accounts of bombing missions with men screaming and dying and planes crashing. But most of Mr. Heller’s story rises above mere realism and soars into the stratosphere of satire, grotesque exaggeration, fantasy, farce and sheer lunacy.
What can we learn from Catch-22?
The code under which the airmen of the 256th Squadron exist is embodied in the theme of Catch-22. As a general rule covering most behavior, it establishes that the men who fight the war are going to have to do what those in authority tell them; and there is no way out of that.
Why was Catch-22 an important novel?
‘Catch-22’: A Paradox Turns 50 And Still Rings True Joseph Heller’s depictions of war turned America’s idea of heroism on its head. The irreverent 1961 novel was based on Heller’s own experiences in World War II, but it was the anti-authoritarian generation of the Vietnam era that embraced Catch-22 as its own.
How is Catch-22 a satire?
The novel Catch 22 by Joseph Heller uses satire as a powerful and poignant literary tool. Specifically, Heller employs satire to drive home point after point about the absurdities that happen in wartime politics and how these absurdities result in real human suffering and loss.
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