Role Of Satire In Catch 22

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Catch 22 is a novel by Joseph Heller that attempts to bring out the ordinariness surrounding wars and battlefields contrary to the most widely assumed notion of heroic acts. The novel attempts to bring out the apparently uneventful aspects of wars and sometimes even negative aspects in a rather humorous and satirical way. The book is divided into forty two chapters that describe different characters and events. The catch 22 situation is presented satirically throughout the novel outlining the difficult situation experienced by solders in battle fields. The novel provides various scenarios that the characters find themselves that depict the catch 22 situation. However, the main character called Yossarian manages to bring out most of the catch…show more content…
However, very little literature addresses the predicament of solders who had to endure the dangers of the battle field with most of them scantily understanding the reason for the bloodshed. The war was particularly fuelled by a battle of supremacy in ideologies and the ambition of certain political leaders to impose their ideologies on certain nations. The situation that had emanated to a full blown world war had begun much earlier characterized by mutual suspicion, regional alliances, conspiracy and espionage. Heller attempts to bring out the sufferings that the soldiers who were forced to shoot each other just because politicians had passed legislations requiring them to do so. In Chapter One of the novel Yossarian outlines how he was forced to love the hospital because it gave him momentary peace away from the harsh conditions of the battle field. The author writes that "Yossarian has everything he wanted in the hospital."(Heller, 2004). The author also manages to bring out the desperate condition that the war left civilians in with some soldiers taking advanatge of young girls by having sex with them. Although the Island depicted in the novel is fictitious, it represents small countries such as Austraia and Poland that were forced into war by larger countries such as Germany and the USSR (MacDonald,
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