One of the most terrifying aspects of Catch-22 is the fact that the lives and deaths of the men in Yossarian’s squadron are governed not by their own minds concerning dangerous risks but by the decisions of an impersonal, dreadful bureaucracy. The fact that a country would send a person away, knowing full well that the chances of them dying is extraordinary, continues to play mind games on the people in Catch-22. This detachment from the norm of society probably led to Yossarian's satirical and skeptical approach to the customs of that society which he is no longer apart of. Satire is prevalent throughout the entire novel of Catch-22, which helps add to the novels sense of awareness and humor. This book uses a literary devices and a few will be seen in the following lines below.
Not only does the book create this perspective, but it creates the idea of a never-ending circle of repetitive contradictory actions that make it almost impossible not to conform. On the fictitious island of Pianosa, a small Army Air Corps. base serves as a basis of the war taking place around it. It is here where a system called “catch-22” is established and is followed by all soldiers. It is kept alive through a repetitive circle of contradictory regulations that keep the men trapped.
Also sharp items, such as box cutters, are not allowed because it prevents injuries from happening to others and inspectors. However, there is one exception, which is scissors with a blade size of one inch long. Guns and fires arms are not prohibited, but tools are, except for ones that are seven inches or less, and of course your common lighter without any fluid in it is allowed, (Transportation Security Administration, Make Your Trip Better Using 3-1-1). All these regulations make travelers flying experience better, even though they can not bring liquids of there own, the TSA is here to make sure they are comfortable in every
However, in chapter 10 following his experiences with the De Lacey family, Shelley presents the monster as a highly sophisticated individual who is able to eloquently express himself and thereby seemingly ridicules Victor’s short, not considered, outbursts. This is clear when the monster responds to Victor’s anger and fury: “I expected this reception...all men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things.” This is the first instance when Shelley expresses the monster through speech and almost immediately portrays the monster as an articulate being with calculated mind and whose speech reflects his intelligence, a stark contrast to the representation of the monster in Chapter 5. This is reinforced by Shelley allocating long
“Here you get hacked into pieces just for wearing glasses!” (Babel 231), the commander’s response to the fact that the narrator was an educated person who could read and write unlike other members of the Sixth Division and consequently did not fit in with them. The quartermaster warns the narrator, “a man of high distinguishings they’ll chew up and spit out - but ruin a lady, yes, the most cleanest lady, and you’re the darling of the fighters!” (Babel 231). This gives the Lyutov a clue about the fact that people in the Sixth Division value violence and cruelty and they only treat
By observing aspects such as these it is very easy to outline the major similarities and differences in the two texts. The first and most prominent connection between the two works is the government's use of torture. Both the Empire in Waiting for the Barbarians and the Party in 1984 use torture as a form of physical control as well as a method for finding "truth". In 1984, everybody is forced to perform daily exercises, called "Physical Jerks", and then must work long, grueling days in government agencies. This routine consigns the public to a state of perpetual exhaustion and ensures the safety of the Party from physical rebellion because nobody possesses the strength to resist it.
Newspeak is a deliberately impoverished language promoted by the state. Newspeak is closely based on English but has a greatly reduced and simplified vocabulary and grammar. The Three Slogans: "War is Peace." -This world is full of troubles, most of the time we don't even know what they are or where they are. When we have an enemy in plain sight, we are confident of our ability to fight him.
For example the first chapter ends with everyone in the hospital ward leaving due to the incredibly obnoxious good natured Texan, except the CID man who had come down with Pneumonia. The second chapter beings "In a way the CID man was pretty lucky, because outside the hospital the war was still going on." Heller uses satire to tackle another of the major themes of Catch 22 which is that of greed, and the amorality of corporations. Figure headed by Milo Minderbinder, as mess officer with a masterful talent for entrepreneurship who he lacks any sort of moral compass or conscience, and being naturally human cares almost exclusively for his own interests. He is brilliant in turning his role as mess officer into a huge syndicate which takes control of the black market and through various monetary tricks and contortions flourishes into M & M Enterprises (Two M’s so that people don’t realize it is in fact a one man operation) .
He is able to commit the act of adultery without being afraid, for a brief moment, of the Party. At first, we were told that the room had no telescreen which is an important aspect to this setting. It helps Winston to continue to rebel against the Party, and work against his inner conflict which is to rebel or not. The room is a safe haven because they think there are no telescreens and it gives them the opportunity to be their own people and disregard what the Party would think. This setting a place where Winston could temporarily escape to his own world and imagine life as it was before Big Brother.
The main reason he wrote it, however, is to inform, since he is a reporter for BBC. Being a reporter, especially one for such a reputable news company, requires one to be desensitized. Alagiah is clearly completely unemotional and ruthless in his pursuit of a story. It does this by conveying to the reader Alagiah’s attitude towards getting his job done- completely determined. When he says ‘what might have appalled us when we started out trip a few days ago no longer impressed us much’, the reader gets the impression that Alagiah is a heartless, cruel man.