Catch 22 And Good As Gold Satire

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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 America?s respectful institutions. To truly understand these novels you must recognize that they are satires and why they are.

Catch-22 is a satire on World War II. This novel takes place on the small island of Pianosa in the Mediterranean sea late in the war when Germany is no longer a threat. It is the struggle of one... View More »

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Catch-22 it self begins in the hospital where Yossarian is faking Jaundice of the liver in order to avoid battle. Many characters also take this up as a form of staying out of battle. Heller addresses the barbarism of medicine with Dr. Daneeka?s aides. He writes of them painting peoples gums and feet violet in order to ward of certain illnesses.

In Catch-22 Heller also satirize religion. This occurs in Chapter Nineteen when Colonel Cathcart is aspiring to become a general. In this chapter religion is satirized in a number of ways. The first is when Colonel Cathcart uses it for a social icon to improve his chance of becoming general. Dr. Peek agrees with this by saying ". . . we see a satire on religion used as a matter of social status" (25).

In Catch-22 there is also one more major satiriazation it is that of industry and finance. The reason this is true is because of certain things Milo says such as "What?s good for the syndicate is good for the country" (Karl 34).

Good as Gold is manly a satire on the White House and government. Heller portrays the White House as being, "disgraceful," according to Merrill. Merrill believes that this work criticizes politics almost from page one and that it does an excellent job of it in fact he writes "A number of reviewers found that the Washington satire ?brilliant and incisive?. . . (103).

The other device that Heller uses is humor. Catch-22 is so satirical in places that it is hilarious. Mr. Heller?s talent and use of comedy is so prevalent in these novels that it caused The Atlantic to write "Mr. ...

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