Catch22 Essay Research Paper I would have

Catch-22 Essay, Research Paper

I would have to say that Joseph Heller?s Catch-22, was at least enjoyable to

read. There were several aspects about it that made it good and bad at the same

time. First, I think the most important thing aspect to look at, is that Heller

makes death, a traditionally sickening topic, a humorous event. It is humorous

because of the way he illustrates who is crazy. I assumed that Yossarian was the

insane one in the beginning. Now, I can?t say that I am sure. I like how this

book makes the reader think. Who really is crazy? Does anyone know? Yossarian is

doing anything he needs to, to survive. Does that make him insane? In my eyes,

he is living on instincts, the way he should. The threat of death keeps him

going. He is not insane. So who is insane, the reader, the writer? I don?t

feel that I can answer that. If anything, I think all of the above. It is neat

to see how one would act when faced with death. I think what Heller was trying

to say is that when someone knows they are dying, nothing makes sense to them.

When we see people that know they are dying, we think that they don?t make

sense. So, we can?t really know who is making sense. It?s very tricky in

that way. This at least kept me awake and thinking while reading it. I think the

main conflict of the story, was between humanity and the rules. We are forced to

do something by law then we pay the ultimate price for it. The best part is that

we do it all for the idea that we are protecting those laws. The idea of a

Catch-22 is interesting. It?s like saying, ?A person has the right to do

anything that another person cannot stop them from doing.? This catch appears

throughout the entire book. It was quite evident when the Italian woman is

talking about the Military Police. It is also clearly evident when Yossarian is

walking down the stairs. He is cursing Catch-22, although he doesn?t believe

in it. There is no real explanation for Catch-22, that?s the catch. It can

only be defined as Catch-22. When Yossarian discusses with Colonels Cathcart and

Korn, it is easy to see the Catch-22. This situation shows that a Catch-22

causes a person to betray all the values that they have. All this time, I?ve

been trying to explain what I feel about the book, when I don?t know how I

feel. This Catch-22 is so strange that my thoughts about it keep changing as I

type, changing the way I feel about the book as a whole. It?s very odd. I

liked the book, but the ideas in it are so marveling that I?m not sure what to

think. How Heller wrote this impresses me. His use of the Character Yossarian

causes the reader to examine oneself, and also examine the idea of insanity.

Overall, I?d have to say that this book is definitely good to read, but my

feelings are still questionable. I hate to see a book such as this go to waste

in the end, lie so many others. There is no reason for it to end this way. It

just shows a lack of imagination. There is no sense of individuality in the

books ending. IT was simply bad guy dies and loses. There is nothing that is

different from any other form of book All of the above stated things are true.


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