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In literature sometimes a character can be helped or hindered by the economic social or political conditions of the day In the novel Catch 22 by Joseph Heller the character Doc Daneeka illustrates this idea perfectly because the conditions surrounding him greatly hindered him Catch 22 takes place during WWII on an island named Pianosa that is close to Italy Doc Daneeka is adversely affected by the war in the end because when it began he was making a profit from it as other doctors had been drafted but then his day came too Doc Daneeka was also hindered by the war because of what he had to endure throughout it He hated his two medical assistants and his bunkmate Doc Daneeka had to fly frequently on airplanes which he detested Doc Daneekas two assistants failed ever to find anything wrong with him which deeply perturbed him The war also caused Doc Daneeka to lose his wife after his death The war that was imposed on Doc Daneeka ravaged his life and terminated all of his chances to become a normal practicing doctor Before the war arrives on Doc Daneekas doorstep it appears to have benefitted him Doc Daneeka was making a nice sum of money from various illegal means He received kickbacks from drug stores in the area that ran an illegal operation He also utilized beauty parlors to perform two or three abortions a week to bring in more revenue When the war begins Doc Daneekas practice starts to pick up because of the lack of other doctors Originally he thought of the war as a godsend however what he did not realize was that the war would catch up with him soon enough One day someone from the draft board came to check on Doctor Daneeka who was in perfect health to make sure that his story about having an amputated leg and being bedridden with arthritis was true The doctor explains
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