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Joseph Heller satirizes among other matters red tape and bureaucracy in his first novelCatch-22 The novel concerns itself with a World War II bombardier named Yossarianwho suddenly realizes the danger of his position and tries various means to extricatehimself from further missions Yossarian is driven crazy by the Germans who keepshooting at him when he drops bombs on them and by his American superiors who seemless concerned about winning the war than they are about getting promoted Heller spent eight years writing Catch-22 is a former student at three universities--NewYork Columbia and Oxford--and a former teacher at Pennsylvania State College From1942 to 1945 he served as a combat bombardier in the Twelfth Air Force and wasstationed on the island of Corsica where he flew over 60 combat missions Thatexperience provided the groundwork for this novel Way 120 Usborne The protagonist and hero of the novel is John Yossarian a captain in the Air Force and alead bombardier in his squadron but he hates the war During the latter half of World WarII Yossarian is stationed with his Air Force squadron on the island of Pianosa near theItalian coast and the Mediterranean Sea Heller The squadron is thrown thoughtlesslyinto brutal combat situations and bombing runs on which it is more important for them tocapture a good aerial photograph of an explosion than to destroy their target Theircolonels continually raise the number of missions they are required to fly before being senthome so that no one is ever sent home Hellers satire targets a variety of bureaucrats the military-industrial complex and thebusiness ethic and economic arrangements of American society Humor rising out of thecrazy logic of modern warfare hits squarely on the mark Hicks 32 The followingpassage demonstrates the humor and enlightens the reader about the books title and the Yossarian looked at him soberly and tried another approach Is Orr crazy I sure can But first he has to ask me to Thats part
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