Catch 22 Essay

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Michael Dandridge P6 M5 4/18/08 Joseph Heller’s novel, Catch-22, is one of his most remarkable as well as well renowned novels. Unlike other World War II works such as “Saving Private Ryan” and “Letters from Iwo Jima”, in which both promote patriotism though the horror of violence and death of soldiers, but Heller’s novel takes a totally different approach. In the novel, Catch-22, Joseph Heller takes a satirical approach to denounce warfare as revealed by the main character Yossarian, the other characters that surround Yossarian, and the effects of the missions on the squadron. Heller uses satire in the novel Catch-22 in order to create a different kind of approach that ultimately changed the way readers were supposed to view a World War II story. Satire being irony, or sarcasm used to expose vice or a moral fault had became the idea for the novel. Thus the setting being World War II made the novel purpose even better. The setting is where the achievement lays “that Heller’s achievement lies in his brilliant use of the setting as metaphor or a satirical macrocosm for many of the macrocosm idiocies afflicting the postwar era in general” (Aldridge). Heller uses satire in order to reveal the idiocy of war (Aldridge). Making Catch-22 the remarkable as well as groundbreaking masterpiece it is today. Catch-22 is one of Heller’s greatest works because the book consisted of satirical humor which eased the thought of war. Heller changed the way America looked at war by showing the readers another side of war that could only be seen if one had participated in a war themselves, such as WW II. He had turned the realism of war into a surrealistic masterpiece “Mr. Heller’s novel changed the formula, and in the process lifted realism to new surrealistic level” (Solomita). The sarcastic humor of the novel further proves the satire but making war seen quite funny. The
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