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Hellers satiric work Catch-22 is full of maddening contradiction The characters are in a state of war yet their actions and reactions are not what youd expect them to be He uses black humor and satiric catalogues to show us the insanity of war as well as the nonsense of modern day capitalism Through the many different ways the characters act and conduct themselves they illustrate the seven deadly sins In this essay we will examine four of them lust sloth pride and greed avarice The Wordsmyth English Dictionary defines lust as a strong feelings of sexual desire This is portrayed by Hungry Joe the utterly demoralized men of distinction 363 or even better by Captains Scheisskopfs wife Hungry Joe was always trying to take pictures of naked girls He would always try to persuade naked girls to pose for him He would try to impress them by telling them that hes a big photographer from Life magazine 61 But we all know that this is a respectful magazine in which a naked girls picture would never be published He even refers to them as instruments of pleasure talk about objectifying someone The middle-aged big shots that kept Natelys whore a prisoner of the hotel suite would not let her go before she says uncle 363 Even after they all slept with her and did make her say uncle at more than one occasion they wanted her to act interested and laugh with them instead of being sleepy even after twenty-two hours on the job They paid her a hundred dollars and expected her to sleep with all of them and do whatever they asked her to do to make them feel less insecure As for Lieutenant Scheisskopfs wife she would take off her Wac uniform every weekend for every cadet in her husbands squadron who wanted to creep into her 79 When she nonchalantly asked her husband Why dont you ever whip me
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