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Catch-22 by Mind Map: Catch-22
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Direct Quotes

"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. If he flew them and didn’t have to he was crazy; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to" (46).

Unreal and unreliable

Commonly misread and misunderstood

Alarmingly persuasive

"He felt goose pimples clacking all over him as he gazed down despondently at the grim secret Snowden had spilled all over the messy floor. It was easy to read the message in his entrails. Man was matter, that was Snowden’s secret. Drop him out a window and he’ll fall. Set fire to him and he’ll burn. Bury him and he’ll rot, like other kinds of garbage. That was Snowden’s secret" (440).

Without the spirit, man is nothing but matter

Cold = prediction of own death

"The Texan turned out to be good-natured, generous, and likable. In three days no one could stand him" (9).

Irrationality of man

"Of course you're dying. We're all dying. Where the devil else do you think you're heading?" (182).

Acceptance of an irrational world

Death is inevitable



World War II

Nazi Germany

American distress


Fictional Island

Too small for actions in novel; first example of ironic humor

Surrounded by the sea, Symbolizes death



Exaggeration of points and traits to the point of ridicule

Highlight madness of the modern world

"Can I do anything at all to help you?" the chaplain asked. Yossarian shook his head, still grinning. "No, I'm sorry. I have everything I need and I'm quite comfortable. In fact, I'm not even sick." "That's good." (11)., Doctor misses the irony; absurd


Heller shows how power leads to corruption

Bureaucracy is a product of modern capitalist society

"Under Colonel Korn's rule, the only people permitted to ask questions were those who never did" (35).

Lies and Deceit

Lying to achieve goals

Mainly from military administration who always tries to make themselves look good

"People who did lie were, on the whole, ore resourceful and ambitious and successful than people who did not lie" (92).


No meaningful relationships

Material satisfaction


"We used to ostracize everyone, even each other" (246)., Ostracize-Isolate people from one another


Words lose meaning because the statements military makes are complete lies

Poor wording and misunderstood meanings


Major Characters

Colonel Cathcart, Group Commander; foil to Yossarian by increasing number of missions

Doctor Daneeka, Flight surgeon; scared of flying

Milo Minderbinder, Mess officer turned trading entrepeneur; satire of modern business man

Lieutenant Nately, Enlisted to be around gentlemen; highly optomistic and known primarily in the novel by his whore; killed when Dobbs flew into his plane

Captain Aardvark, Navigator of Yossarian's planes; repeatedly getting lost on missions

John Yossaian, Main character; antihero; representative of author

Minor Characters

Clevinger, Highly clever, optomistic, and educated; serves as Yossarian's foil

Major -- de Coverly, Highly respected even though nobody is sure of his position

General Dreedle, Blunt and relentless; rival of Peckem

Dobbs, Emotionally unstable due to war; described as worst pilot in the corps

Hungry Joe, Only pilot to finish required number of missions; tries to photograph nude women; nightmares

Major Major Major Major, Major forever because there was only major major; irony

Orr, Only one crazier than Yossarian; constantly shot down and landed at sea

Chief White Halfoat, Captain Black's Native American assistant; family is moved because they discover oil