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Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.
"That's some catch, that catch-22," he observed.
"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.

Doc Daneeka explains why he cannot ground Yossarian or Orr due to insanity, Chapter 5: Chief White Halfoat.
"Catch-22...says you've always got to do what your commanding officer tells you to."
"But Twenty-seventh Air Force says I can go home with forty missions."
"But they don't say you have to go home. And regulations do say you have to obey every order. That's the catch. Even if the colonel were disobeying a Twenty-seventh Air Force order by making you fly more missions, you'd still have to fly them, or you'd be guilty of disobeying an order of his. And then the Twenty-seventh Air Force Headquarters would really jump on you."

Doc Daneeka reveals another clause of Catch-22 to Yossarian, Chapter 6: Hungry Joe.
Captain Joseph Yossarian
"He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt, and his only mission each time he went up was to come down alive."
When I look up, I see people cashing in. I don't see heaven, or saints or angels. I see people cashing in on every decent impulse and human tragedy.
Yossarian to Major Danby, Chapter 42: Yossarian.
"The enemy," retorted Yossarian with weighted precision, "is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on, and that includes Colonel Cathcart. And don't you forget that, because the longer you remember it, the longer you might live."
Yossarian to Clevinger. Chapter 12: Bologna.
"They're trying to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly.
"No one's trying to kill you," Clevinger cried.
"Then why are they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked.
"They're shooting at everyone," Clevinger answered. "They're trying to kill everyone."
"And what difference does that make?"
Yossarian explains to his friend Clevinger why he is not crazy for thinking people are trying to kill him, Chapter 2: Clevinger.
There was a much lower death rate inside the hospital than outside the hospital, and a much healthier death rate. Few people died unnecessarily. People knew a lot more about dying inside the hospital and made a much neater, more orderly job of it. They couldn't dominate Death inside the hospital, but they certainly made her behave. They had taught her manners. They couldn't keep death out, but while she was in she had to act like a lady. People gave up the ghost with delicacy and taste inside the hospital. There was none of that crude, ugly ostentation about dying that was so common outside the hospital. They did not blow up in mid-air like Kraft or the dead man in Yossarian's tent, or freeze to death in the blazing summertime the way Snowden had frozen to death after spilling his secret to Yossarian in the back of the plane.
Yossarian is determined to remain in hospital rather than fly the increased missions, Chapter 17: The Soldier in White.
"Be careful in the other wards, Father," Yossarian warned. "That's where they keep the mental cases. They're filled with lunatics…

"I'm dead serious about those other wards," Yossarian continued grimly. M.P.s won't protect you, because they're the craziest of all. I'd go with you myself, but I'm scared stiff. Insanity is contagious. This is the only sane ward in the whole hospital. This is probably the only sane ward in the whole world, for that matter."
"Why did you walk around with crab apples in your cheeks? Yossarian asked again. "That's what I asked."

"Because they've got a better shape than horse chestnuts," Orr answered. "I just told you that."

"Why," sword Yossarian at him approvingly, "you evil-eyed, mechanically-aptituded, disaffiliated son of a bitch, did you walk around with anything in your cheeks?"

"I didn't," Orr said, "walk around with anything in my cheeks. I walked around with crab apples in my cheeks. When I couldn't get crab apples, I walked around with horse chestnuts. In my cheeks."
Chaplain Albert Taylor Tappman
The chaplain had mastered, in a moment of divine intuition, the handy technique of protective rationalization, and he was exhilarated by his discovery. It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.
Chapter 34: Thanksgiving.
Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder
But I make a profit of three and a quarter cents an egg by selling them for four and a quarter cents an egg to the people in Malta I buy them from for seven cents an egg. Of course, I don't make the profit. The syndicate makes the profit. And everybody has a share.
Milo, Chapter 22: Milo the Mayor.
Clevinger recoiled from their hatred as though from a blinding light. These men who hated him spoke his language and wore his uniform, but he saw their loveless faces set immutably into cramped, mean lines of hostility and understood instantly that nowhere in the world, not in the bunkers behind the machine guns or morters or behind the blowing flame throwers, not even among all the expert gunners in the crack Hermann Goering Anti-aircraft Division or among the grisly connivers in all the beer halls in Munich and everywhere else, were there men who hated him more.
"You see? Imagine a man his age risking what little life he has left for something so absurd as a country!" he declared.

Nately was instantly up in arms again. "There is nothing so absurd about risking your life for your country!" he declared.

"Isn't there?" asked the old man. "What is a country? A country is a piece of land surrounded on all sides by boundaries, usually unnatural. Englishmen are dying for England, Americans are dying for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying for Russia. There are now fifty or sixty countries fighting in this war. Surely so many countries can't all be worth dying for."
Major Major
Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.
Of Major Major, with whom it had been all three. Chapter 9: Major Major Major Major.
Major Major never sees anyone in his office while he's in his office.
Sergeant Towser to Appleby. Chapter 10: Wintergreen.
Doc Daneeka
Dear Mrs., Mr., Miss, or Mr. And Mrs. Daneeka: Words cannot express the deep personal grief I experienced when your husband, son, father, or brother was killed, wounded, or reported missing in action.
Colonel Cathcart sends Doc Daneeka's wife one of Whitcomb's generitic condolence letters, Chapter 31: Mrs. Daneeka.
[Yossarian:] "I'm asking you to save my life."

"It's not my business to save lives," Doc Daneeka retorted sullenly.

"What is your business?"

"I don't know what my business is. All they ever told me was to uphold the ethics of my profession and never give testimony against another physician."
Admiral Kid Sampson
The Soldier in White
"You killed him because he was a nigger," Dunbar said.

"You fellas are crazy," the Texan cried. "They don't allow niggers in here. They got a special place for niggers."
Catch-22 did not exist, he was positive of that, but it made no difference. What did matter was that everyone thought it existed, and that was much worse, for there was no object or text to ridicule or refute, to accuse, criticize, attack, amend, hate, revile, spit at, rip to shreads, trample upon or burn up.
"I only raped her once" he explained.
Yossarian was aghast. "But you killed her, Aarfy! You killed her!"
"Oh, I had to do that after I had raped her," Aarfy replied in his most condescending manner. "I couldn't very well let her go around saying bad things about us, could I?"
"But why did you have to touch her at all, you dumb bastard?" Yossarian shouted. "Why couldn't you get yourself a girl off the street if you wanted one? The city is full of prostitutes."
"Oh, no, not me," Aarfy bragged. "I never paid for it in my life."
Does Yossarian have any heroic traits?
How is death depicted in Catch 22?
Who's crazy?
Is Catch 22 a parody, or is it generally realistic?
How are women portayed in Catch 22?
Why did Heller Choose the Air Force as the branch of the military in which the men serve?
Who's the enemy?
Is morality possible in Catch 22?
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Joseph Heller part I.wmv
Mythical dimension of Catch 22
From "The Mythic Dimension of Catch-22"
Chapter 24
'It's the tree of life,'
Yossarian answered,
waggling his toes, '
and of knowledge of good and evil,
Major —— de Coverley
Captain Black "lived in
profound awe and reverence of the majestic, white-haired major with craggy face and
bearing, who came back from Rome finally with an injured eye inside a new celluloid eye patch
and smashed his whole Glorious Crusade to bits with a single stroke."
Hebrew practice--not writing god's full name
"He seemed eternally indestructible as he sat there surrounded by danger, his
features molded firmly into that same fierce, regal, just and forbidding countenance which was
recognized and revered by every man in the squadron."
Major--de Coverely is hit in the eye with a rose and disappears shortly after.
"worshiped" all around the world
"He was ready to break Milo's neck, but Milo was Vice-Shah of Oran and his
person was sacred. Milo was not only the Vice-Shah of Oran, as it turned out, but also the Caliph of
Baghdad, the Imam of Damascus, and the Sheik of Araby. Milo was the corn god, the rain god and the rice god in backward regions where such crude gods were still worshiped by ignorant and
superstitious people, and deep inside the jungles of Africa, he intimated with becoming modesty,
large graven images of his mustached face could be found overlooking primitive stone altars red
with human blood."
"The planes were decorated with flamboyant squadron emblems illustrating such laudable
ideals as
Courage, Might, Justice, Truth, Liberty, Love, Honor and Patriotism
that were painted out
at once by Milo's mechanics with a double coat of flat white and replaced in garish purple with the
stenciled name
ENTERPRISES' stood for Milo & Minderbinder, and the & was inserted, Milo revealed candidly,
to nullify any impression that the syndicate was a one-man operation. "
Sw - Eden
'It must be nice to be in Sweden now,' he observed yearningly. 'The girls are so sweet. And the people are so advanced.'
Nately's whore and her kid sister: two Fates of Delphi--Birth and Death
Chapter 42
The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka
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