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    The Character of Yossarian in Catch-22 The main character in Catch-22, which was written by Joseph Heller in 1960, was Captain John Yossarian, a bombardier in the 256th Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. Yossarian's commanding officer, Colonel Cathcart, wanted a promotion so badly that he kept raising the number of missions the men in his squadron were required to fight. Yossarian resented this very much, but he couldn't do anything about it because a bureaucratic trap, known as

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    Contrasting Ideals of a Hero in Catch-22 and Beowulf John Yossarian, the individualist combateer of Catch-22, and Beowulf, the hero of Denmark, though both protagonists of their stories, portray two seemingly contrasting ideals of a hero. Yossarian, even by virtue of his unusual name, is marked as an outsider and an individualist who displays cowardly and self-motivated acts. Beowulf, on the other hand, is the personification of the "perfect" hero. His deeds are inhumanly courageous, he

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    Catch 22

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    throughout the entire novel the plot seems to go nowhere. It just seems to be a bunch of events strung together through the main character Yossarian. These events, however powerful, don’t seem to lead to much of a point, until the reader finishes. Then, out of nowhere, comes the meaning behind the book. Heller does a great job of ending the book. By having Yossarian run away the meaning of the book is set in stone. Catch-22 is a novel which discusses the fact that the importance or value of one thing

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    Catch-22

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    regardless of their mental capacity. Doc Daneeka explains it perfectly to Yossarian when he informs, “Sure there’s a catch. Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn’t really crazy” (Heller 46). This overwhelming obscurity is the basis of the book Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. He juxtaposes the main character’s morals by positioning the will to live and the will to do right adjacently. This creates constant conflict for Yossarian, who ultimately “will do anything to live” (Contemporary Literary

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    know what was going on. Heller being the former veteran he was probably had a few experiences with not knowing what was going on. He himself flew 60 missions and was a bombardier like the main character the novel focuses around Captain John Yossarian. Yossarian is the protagonist of the novel and is focused solely on himself. Heller uses copious amounts of satire to tell his story and explain the bewilderment in the army. He uses a lot of comic allusions to make peoples names mean different things

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    death or to violating his morals. Be it Aarfy, Colonel Cathcart, or war itself, Yossarian distances himself from the evil in question. Ironically, defiant as he is, Yossarian fails to break through the limitations of the syndicate and actually befriends its proprietor. Yossarian doesn't even attempt to do otherwise, for even he "sagged back in a contented stupor, his mouth filmy with a succulent residue" (22); Yossarian had become one of the men who "got fat and moved about with toothpicks in their

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    Catch 22 Book Analysis

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    circular reasoning of Catch 22. The reason this is used by the military is to create a sense of superiority and to trap the soldiers on the island. The reason few people question Catch 22 is because they don’t want to argue with authority. In contrast, Yossarian inquires why the catch is so difficult to escape and is finally able to find a way around it at the end of the book. Another major theme is the corruption of government and military. I think Heller chose to write about this because he also fought

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    The Atrocity Of War

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    Catch-22 most of the sane characters put all of their time and energy into getting home. Yossarian, the main character in the book, was the most determined to stay alive. “The enemy,” retorted Yossarian, “is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on” (120). All around him he felt people were trying to kill him. His main fear was everyone, including his troops, were shooting at him. Yossarian informs, “They’re trying to kill me” (11). Everywhere he turned he thought people were

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    about a man named Yossarian who is a B-25 bombardier in World War II. Although there are several life lessons in this book, there is one that stands out. This one is, “The more one witnesses death, the more one has the desire to stay alive.” In the case of Catch- 22, Yossarian supports this theme of life the best. One example of how this lesson relates to Yossarian is the case of Snowden. It wasn’t until later in the book that we realize the impact that it really had on Yossarian and his perspective

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    characters are to help the plot make sense, there are other men that are with Yossarian and help the plot form all though it is not as major as Yossarian 's role. Yossarian, the protagonist

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