Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" Analytical Essay by Calwriter

Joseph Heller's "Catch-22"
This paper applies the message of Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" to contemporary life.
# 58029 | 1,080 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Apr 22, 2005 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Sociology (General) , Hot Topics (Iraq Wars)

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This paper explains that the title of Heller's novel refers to the contradictions of war itself and inherent contradiction of this code, "Catch-22,' a code of military ethics stating that one does not have to fight if one is crazy, but one is not be crazy if one does not want to fight, suggesting that it is insane to want to die fighting a war. The author applies this code to contemporary military terms, saying that a similar Catch-22 is evident in the rhetoric of leaders who justify the need to stay in Iraq to sustain the peace, even while the American military presence creates more conflict. This paper relates that, in war, the military deprives a person of his or her private language and life, creating its own system of values; in this way, the military is similar to many other spheres of society, which create insular cultures of their own, locking in participants who, once entrapped within a particular system, cannot escape.

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