Symbolism In Joseph Heller's Catch-22

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Reading Log #1 Describe a Setting Pages 1-65 In the novel Catch-22, the author, Joseph Heller, forms the setting in the time of World War II in an US airbase on the island Pianosa in Italy. In chapter three, the author describes a bit about the setting of the book in two different pages: “They were waiting for the orders sending them home to safety to return from the Twenty-Seventh Air Force Headquarters in Italy…” (27), and, “…there were many officers’ clubs that Yossarian had not helped build, but he was the proudest of the one on Pianosa” (18). Over time the reader learns that the camp has a runway, hospital, mess hall, an officer’s club, and a small forest. Also, due to an order by a commander, all the tents in the base are pitched in parallel lines with their entrances facing the Washington Monument. Most of the main events of the story take place on Pianosa. Most of its importance comes from the fact that it is the character’s home and sanctuary.…show more content…
In chapter thirty, Heller introduces Dunbar, a pilot who struggles with the decision from his commander to bomb the civilian village in the mountains to make a roadblock against the Germans: “Why can’t we create the roadblock somewhere else? Couldn’t we bomb the slope of a mountain or the road itself?” (Heller 327). Dunbar represents the reality of war. He fears for the lives of the Italian civilians, even though they are in a war where sacrifices will be made. He is the only one who points out that there will be collateral damage, but he is still the only one who cares. Dunbar also represents the super ego of mankind, just like Piggy from Lord of the Flies, since he tries to convice his commander to change his mind on bombing the village. He is trying to be a civilized person when all the other troops have become savages and have no care for
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