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Captain Joseph Yossarian a World War II bombardier is being stationed on the island of Pisona He is an individualist who seeks to protect his own life by fleeing to the hospital since catch-22 prevents him from either being grounded for illness or obtaining a leave He enjoys living the ward all his meals are served to him and in turn he simply needs to feign having pain in his liver and censor letters of enlisted men Bored by his job Yossarian takes on the pseudonym Washington Irving and even pretends to be Chaplain Tappman once Alarms are raised and the government sends two CID men to investigate Other men also seek the haven of the hospital by feigning illness but after the mysterious death of one of their colleagues the soldier in white the Texan forces them to return to the front At the front the other men are equally as crazy as Yossarian His roommate Orr constantly crash-lands every time he goes on a mission and enjoys talking about putting apples or horse chestnuts in his cheeks Clevinger a Harvard graduate argues with Yossarian about whether people must obey their institutions and fight the war Havermeyer munches on peanut butter brittle all the time loves to shoot innocent field mice with his 045 and never takes evasive action on a mission earning the wrath of his men Doc Daneeka the squadrons doctor is a hypochondriac who belittles everyone elses illnesses rather than treating them and bemoans his own troubles Chief White Halfoat brags about his displacement by Americans because they strike oil wherever he and his family go and constantly gets drunk McWatt Yossarian s brainless pilot drives Yossarian up the wall by flying his airplane a few inches right above Yossarians tent Hungry Joe has screaming nightmares although he denies it each morning and fistfights the cat that belongs to his roommate Chaplain Tappman along with his assistant has been
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