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Satire is often used by writers to express their discontent towards a subject in a humorous way Joseph Hellers novel Catch-22 satirizes war and its implications on society and man himself Heller reveals the dehumanizing aspect of war not the glory of it He makes a social comment on the corruptive self-fulfilling irrational side of war that is often disregarded or dismissed As he sheds light upon the darker part of war the universal qualities of mankind are revealed In the novel Catch-22 the universal qualities of failure corruption and irrationality are expressed in a satirical manner The protagonist Yossarian is an antihero as he is unsuccessful in changing his situation Yossarian is a lead bombardier pilot in World War II and becomes consumed with the fact that people he has not even met keep trying to kill him He is convinced to remain alive forever or die in the attempt Heller 89 The more combat missions Yossarian flies the more intense his struggle with life becomes Yossarian is constantly frustrated with his situation One of his frustrations is the small crawlway leading out of the plane used in the event of an emergency He believes it is an obstacle put there by providence as part of the plot that would destroy him Heller 57 Also during one of Yossarians flight he goes over the treacherous city Bologna against his will but fulfilling the mission requirements Suddenly black smoke is seen surrounding the plane and at any moment the plane could explode Yossarian knew there was nothing he could do but sit there like an idiot and watch the ugly black puffs smashing up to kill him Heller 156 Yossarian is considered an antihero due to his lack of intelligence at improving his situation Furthermore his profound fear of dying in action clutters his mind and any room for quick decisive critical thought becomes lost His theory that the entire world
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