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The manipulation of the English language in order to control others is a point that Joseph Heller emphasizes in his novel Catch-22 He shows how Wintergreen is in control of everything the hypocrisy in the military hierarchy and how Catch-22 itself works Throughout Catch-22 PFC Wintergreen though of the lowest rank in the military is in effect the most powerful person because he controls all communication where the novel takes place PFC Wintergreen is not really even in Pianosa Wintergreen is actually stationed Colorado but all communication must go through him before it can be delivered to the recipient He bends the rules as Kennard said Since the rules do not work anything may happen There is no reasonable justiceKennard 77 Wintergreen makes the rules since he has all real power A perfect example of how he is really in control is his sabotage of Colonel Cathcart Actually Colonel Cathcart did not have a chance in hell of becoming a general For one thing there was ex-PFC Wintergreen who also wanted to be a general and who always distorted destroyed rejected or misdirected any correspondence by for or about Colonel Cathcart that might do him creditHeller 225 This is one of the first instances where the author comes out and tells us that Wintergreen is in control but during the book Heller shows us that Wintergreen cant be stopped and that no matter what he does he will just go on with his job Each time ex-PFC Wintergreen went AWOL he was caught and sentenced to dig up and fill holes six feet deep wide and long for a specified amount of time Each time he finished his sentence he went AWOL againHeller 114 Wintergreen acts like this because he wants to insure that he stays in a position of power and he can if he keeps the post he has by going AWOL and then the military gives him this duty as a form
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