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A comment on the Methods used by Joseph Heller to Create satire in the novels Catch 22 and Good as Gold Satire is defined as an exaggerated often witty or ironic indirect approach to express ones opinions or disgust with the aim to ridicule a desired victim Both the novels I studied fulfill this definition and I hope to discuss the many methods Joseph Heller employed to achieve satire throughout both Catch 22 and Good as Gold Joseph Heller who is perhaps one of the most famous writers of the 20th century writes on some emotional issues such as war He does not deal with these issues in the normal fashion instead he criticizes them and the institutions that help carry these things out Heller in fact goes beyond criticizing he satirizes Throughout his two major novels Catch 22 and Good as Gold he satirizes almost all of Americas respected institutions To truly understand these novels the reader must recognize them as satires and why they are so Catch 22 is a satire set in World War 2 This novel is set in the small island of Pianosa in the Mediterranean Sea late in the war when Germany was no longer a threat It is the struggle of one man Yossarian to survive the war Throughout this novel Yossarian is trying to escape the war and in order to do so he does many improper things usually with comical effect Good as Gold is about a Jewish man named Gold It is about Golds experiences with the government while being employed in the White House It also deals with Golds family problems and his struggle to write a book on the contemporary Jewish society Throughout these two novels Catch 22 and Good as Gold Heller criticizes many institutions In Good as Gold it is the White House and Government as a whole and in Catch 22 it is the military
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