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Joseph Heller who is perhaps one of the most famous writers of the 20th century writes on some emotional issues such as war He does not deal with these issues in the normal fashion instead he criticizes them and the institutions that help carry these things out Heller in fact goes beyond criticizing he satirizes Throughout his two major novels Catch-22 and Good as Gold he satirizes almost all of Americas respectful institutions To truly understand these novels you must recognize that they are satires and why they are Catch-22 is a satire on World War II This novel takes place on the small island of Pianosa in the Mediterranean sea late in the war when Germany is no longer a threat It is the struggle of one man Yossarian to survive the war Throughout this novel Yossarian is trying to escape the war and in order to do so he does many improper things Good as Gold is about a Jewish man named Gold It is about Golds experiences with the government while being employed in the White House It also deals in detail with Golds family problems and Golds struggle to write a book on the contemporary Jewish society Throughout these two novels Catch-22 and Good as Gold Heller criticizes many institutions In Good as Gold it is the White House and government as a whole and in Catch-22 it is the military and medical institutions In Catch-22 the military is heavily satirized Heller does this by criticizing it Karl agrees with this statement by offering an example of the satire of both the military and civilian institutions in Catch-22 The influence of mail clerk Wintergreen the computer foul-up that promotes Major Major and the petty rivalries
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