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In the books Slaughter House 5 by Kurt Vonnegut and Catch 22 by Joseph Heller there are many themes that at first dont appear to be related but once given a closer look have striking similarities Both books are about one mans experience through World War II one being a fighter pilot and another being a soldier Each man is known as an anti-war hero They do not agree with the war and do not find it appropriate to fight for it Neither of the two men was the average John Wayne war hero that fights and dies for his country This is what makes these two books stand out from other war books Both of these books also were used during the Vietnam War as anti-war books denouncing the war One major theme that comes up in both of these books is the theme of no free will In Slaughterhouse 5 Vonnegut proclaims through the narrator that there is no such thing as free will and that all things in life are predestined That no matter what we chose to do we really arent choosing to do it at all and that the choice was already made In Catch 22 the theme is the same just brought to our attention in a different way Catch 22 is a paradox leaving no way of escaping from a dilemma No matter what we do or say we cant escape it thus leaving us with no free will Catch 22 is best described in the book when Yossarian states You dont have to fly anymore missions if youre crazy but you have to ask first and if you ask than youre not crazy because anyone that wants to get out of combat is not crazy Heller 46 The utter simplicity of this catch at one-point makes Yossarian let out a whistle So in essence both of these characters are plagued with the fact that they have no
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