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The novel Catch-22 is a comedy about soldiers during World War II However this comic scenes and phrases are quite tragic when they arethought about as most things related to war are which makes thiscomedy completely absurd The best way to represent this idea isthrough the characters in the book specifically Yossarian Huple andNatelys whores kid sister and the events that occur with theirClearly the main character and one whose life is chieflydescribed is Yossarian Yossarian has a slightly sick sense of humorand way of looking at things In the first chapter Heller tells usthat letters sent by the soldiers had to be reviewed in order to preventany secret information going out to the public or even worse to theenemy Yossarian from lack of anything better to do censors all theletters Sometimes he crosses out everything but a an and thesometimes adjectives whatever he feels like that day For his finalgag he signs these letters as Washington Irving to totally confuse thereaders of these letters This is funny however it is ultimatelytragic These are the letters that every wife mother and daughter runsto the mailbox for in order to see that their husbands fathers and sonsare all right This is a letter that could say Honey Im cominghome or I love you When I come home I want to marry you Theseletters could change the whole lifestyle of so many people andYossarian alone is tampering with them The absurdity of that isA gag of slightly higher consequence occurred in Chapter 12 whenYossarian decided to move the bomb line over Bologna What I believe isthe most ridiculous in the whole process was his reason for doing it Everyone did not want to go on this mission to capture Bologna Theyprayed the rain would never go away or that the bomb line wouldmysteriously move anything just mot to go on this mission Clevingerin disbelief at the stupidity of these men tells Yossarian Theyreally believe that we wouldnt
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