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Life is filled with situations that are very difficult to find an escape Even once in a while life presents a situation that is beyond difficult and completely impossible to escape from These situations were expanded upon and brought to obvious light in Joseph Hellers novel Catch-22 This novel was such a masterful work that the phrase catch-22 came to be synonymous with the situations that Heller portrays in his novel Set in the final months of World War II Catch-22 tells the story of a bomber squadron on the mythical island of Pinosa just off of Italy The story is told through the eyes of Captain John Yossarian one of the few sane men in the novel who sees all of the impossible situations his squadron is placed in For Catch-22 is the unwritten loophole in every written law which empowers the authorities to revoke your rights whenever it suits their cruel whims it is in short the principle of absolute evil in a malevolent mechanical and incompetent world Because of Catch-22 justice is mocked the innocent are victimized and Yossarians squadron is forced to fly more than double the number of missions prescribed by Air Force code Skreiner 1 The mops vivid examples of the paradoxes created by catch-22 come from the specific characters Hungry Joe Doc Daneeka Orr Milo Minderbinder and Yossarian Probably the most peculiar paradox presented in Catch-22 is formed around a pilot named Hungry Joe Following a common logical train of thought Hungry Joe wishes to finish his time in the war and return home where his safety is guaranteed and he is in no danger of being killed The catch originates from a common junction of many of the catches characters face Colonel Cathcart the wing commander Colonel Cathcarts goal is to be mentioned in The Saturday Evening Post and to do that he continues to raise the required missions to fly for his wing Holding
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