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ABSURDITY OF CATCH-22 THROUGH COMEDY The novel Catch-22 is a comedy about soldiers during World War II However this comic scenes and phrases are quite tragic when they are thought about as most things related to war are which makes this comedy completely absurd The best way to represent this idea is through the characters in the book specifically Yossarian Huple and Natelys whores kid sister and the events that occur with their thoughts and their actions Clearly the main character and one whose life is chiefly described is Yossarian Yossarian has a slightly sick sense of humor and way of looking at things In the first chapter Heller tells us that letters sent by the soldiers had to be reviewed in order to prevent any secret information going out to the public or even worse to the enemy Yossarian from lack of anything better to do censors all the letters Sometimes he crosses out everything but a an and the sometimes adjectives whatever he feels like that day For his final gag he signs these letters as Washington Irving to totally confuse the readers of these letters This is funny however it is ultimately tragic These are the letters that every wife mother and daughter runs to the mailbox for in order to see that their husbands fathers and sons are all right This is a letter that could say Honey Im coming home or I love you When I come home I want to marry you These letters could change the whole lifestyle of so many people and Yossarian alone is tampering with them The absurdity of that is immense A gag of slightly higher consequence occurred in Chapter 12 when Yossarian decided to move the bomb line over Bologna What I believe is the most ridiculous in the whole process was his reason for doing it Everyone did not
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