Catch 22 Paradox

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Joseph Heller’s literary novel “Catch-22” was a novel known for its humor, characters, and ideas. The novel was remembered for many things, one of them being the rule his characters were forced to follow. The rule, or law, of “Catch-22” was used as a tool to teach readers about the unfairness of war and what it could do to soldiers and other people that get caught in the middle of war, and it still has meaning after being written decades ago. That being said, Joseph Heller’s novel “Catch-22” was written over 50 years ago, yet the paradoxical rule that was used against its characters is still shown in today’s literature and our everyday lives, including in management, businesses, and governments around the world. The law known as “Catch-22”…show more content…
At the time of its release, the anti-authoritarian generation was just starting, which allowed people to relate to the characters rebelling against their superiors. “Catch-22” became extremely popular during the Vietnam War among veterans as well because of how they can relate to the situations that the characters are presented with. Seeing the popularity of the novel and the simple yet complicated concept behind the paradox, it’s easy to see how “Catch-22” became an icon. As Morris Dickstein said in his article; “There are many things that might’ve led Catch-22 to gain the popularity it did, whether it was what the novel said about war, or the lesson it taught younger readers. But others say it is because of its humor or strange metaphors, such as the paradox of Catch-22, or the reason for a character’s decisions.” Similarly, the protagonist of the novel, Yossarian, experiences the power of the Catch-22 paradox repeatedly throughout the story, such as the most notable one, the fact that the only way taken out of flying requires you to prove your insanity, but by requesting to be removed on grounds of insanity, you are proving that you are not insane, because no insane person would ever claim that they are insane. There is also a similar one saying that Yossarian is covered by his health insurance until the moment that he actually needs it. There is another example that stats that to be discharged from service is to complete the required amount of missions, but the number of missions keeps getting raised, therefore making it impossible to be discharged. To sum it all up, the book capitalizes on the paradox to use it against its characters, in turn the readers can relate to how they feel being placed in a situation that makes them feel like what they are going through is
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