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This paper compares and contrasts the novel, "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller with the Mike Nichols film of the same name, further analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the film in a historical analysis. First, the paper discusses the premise of the novel and film, which is the hopelessness of war. Then, it highlights how the novel and film depict the protagonist, Yossarian's, claim of insanity. Additionally, the paper explores the subplots that are in the novel. Next, the paper addresses Yossarian's post-traumatic stress disorder. The paper concludes by stating that the film is an absurd, black humor look at war, accurately capturing the insanity of war.
From the Paper:"The film and the book both make it clear that the conditions facing bombardiers in World War II were brutal. The planes, which were historical World War II bombers in the film, seem tiny by today's standards, and they were elementary at best. The crew faced atrocious conditions including enduring flak attacks, aerial attacks, and traveling with live ammunition, and then they had to try to find their targets through bombsights that were not steady, often in bad weather, while they attempted to hit their targets with little damage to civilians around the targets. In the film, they also have to deal with crazed military leaders who keep changing the requirements for duty so no one ever is sent back to the states, and they have to deal with increasingly dangerous missions. A critic says of the film, "Directed by Mike Nichols, filled with forced parallels to the war in Vietnam, and deploying as props the world's 12th-largest bomber force, the movie finally appeared in 1970" (Hoberman). The film, while absurd and sometimes hard to understand, does seem to accurately portray at least some of what it was like to serve as a bombardier in World War II, which makes..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Catch-22. Dir. Mike Nichols. Perf. Alan Arkin, Art Garfunkel, Richard Benjamin, Martin Balsam. Paramount Pictures, 1970.
- Editors. "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. National Institute of Mental Health. 2009. 5 Nov. 2009.<http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml>.
- Heller, Joseph. Catch-22: A Novel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.
- Hoberman, J. "Only One Catch." Artforum International Oct. 1994: 9+.
Cite this Comparison Essay:
"Catch-22" - Novel and Film (2012, June 11) Retrieved May 24, 2013, from http://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/catch-22-novel-and-film-151433/
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