Figurative Language In Catch 22

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller Joseph Heller’s novel, Catch-22, which took eight years to write, is an ageless book that is like no other. It was published in 1961 during a troublesome period for our nation as we were moving from war to war, mainly illustrating the authors disapproval for war. The novel takes place during the second half of World War II, and sheds a condemning light on war in general. The main character is a bombardier named Yossarian who is stationed on the Island of Pianosa which is near the Italian coast located in the Mediterranean Sea. This well-written novel captures the idea that death is inevitable, that language is feeble and the overall power of people in a bureaucracy. Yossarian seems to be the only soldier who fully understands what being at war means and the full costs of it.…show more content…
They are treated awfully under their authorities, threatened and all. Not to mention one of the trials that Yossarian experienced was the bombing of his squadron by his own mess hall officer. “This time Milo had gone too far. Bombing his own men and planes was more than even the most phlegmatic observer could stomach,” (269,Heller.) Thanks to the fact that their words mean nothing, the soldiers learn to speak and interact with authority as little as possible, learning the acceptable ways of the bureaucracy. Through the bureaucracy is where Catch-22 comes in. “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...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,” (46,Heller.) So, as Yossarian proceeds through war he attempts to go home on the account of insanity, where the feebleness of language plays in because no one listens to him, and is in the end forced to face the higher chances of death still, which is
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