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An Analysis of Catch 22 by Joseph Heller Catch 22 by Joseph Heller is a critique of the society that we live in Whoever is proud of what we have advanced to and is unwilling to look at it in a negative light would find this book very subversive It threatens and criticizes the way of living of most who pride themselves in living a modern life Heller shows through the ridiculousness of war how misguided much of modern society has become in spite of all our so-called civilized advancement Some will find this interesting thought provoking and enjoy this book Others will take it as a direct threat and insult to all the work they have done From the very beginning Heller shows some of the most popular ideas and values of the day in a negative questioning light In particular he shows the negative consequences of conformity and highlights individuality as a way to survive He wants us to recognize how one is controlled and stifled by society The leading character in this novel addressing what has gone wrong with society is Yossarian He is the only one who recognizes the full craziness of what everyone is living for wealth false happiness societys approval etc He is one of the few who tries to fight the power and elitism that have become so sought after in America Throughout the novel he tries to find a way to live a fuller life as a real human individual He looks to many of the other characters in the book for help but only finds unsatisfactory answers Each of the characters in Yossarians life at the base shows the reader one more example of how bad society has become Clavinger tries to live life by reasoning He looks for a reason in everything In constantly looking for a reason why he never enjoys life to it fullest As further proof that
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