Use Of Satire In Joseph Heller's Catch-22

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Catch-22 is a fictional war novel written by author Joseph Heller. The concept story is about American pilots near the coast of Italy. The main characters consist of a young man named Yossarian, and his various friends. Yossarian and his friends are exposed to nightmarish conditions where they are based because of a world defined as bureaucracy and violence, in order to try and avoid conflict throughout the war Yossarian attempts to try and escape from the base by any means necessary. The book was a satirical anti-war novel and immediately upon publishing it received negative reviews. The novel contains something known as “Black Humor” since a good amount of the text make insults about war. There is a mixture of satires that Heller uses for …show more content…

He saw many gruesome things during the world war since all of the horror is presented in the novel. For instance, to make an anti-war claim the author in Chapter 17 of Catch-22 the quote states: ““People give up the ghost with delicacy and taste inside the hospital. There was none of that crude, ugly ostentation about dying that was so common outside the hospital. They did not blow up in midair like Kraft or the dead man in Yossarian’s tent, or freeze to death in the blazing summer time the way Snowden had frozen to death after spilling his secret to Yossarian in the back of the plane. “I’m cold, Snowden had whimpered. I’m cold.”” By being the hospital Yossarian is free from all the conflict that is going on outside the hospital. Hale uses pathos when comparing the hospital’s atmosphere to the outside world’s bloody atmosphere of death, achieving a pull of emotion in the text. Hale use of stylistic-narrative style makes it clear of Yossarian’s desire for peaceful world. To add on, the text also describes of the crude conditions when Yossarian was involved in the war, which elaborates the naïve Bureaucratic rules of the officers that he so greatly despises. Even with anti-war satire about the hospital and outside the hospital, there is still the fact that power can control other

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