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___________________________Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


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Catch-22

 

 

Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 8-14

Summary:

Yossarian's thoughts wander back to cadet school where he recalls Lieutenant Scheisskopf's was the commanding officer. He was obsessed with parades and had a strong dislike of Clevinger. The Lieutenant was an R.O.T.C. graduate who had very poor eyesight and was never sent overseas in war. He also remembers his love affairs with Dori Duz and having an affair with Lieutenant Scheisskopf's wife.

Chapter 9 deals with Major Major who is described as being a very mediocre individual. He received the rank of Major because of a computer error when his name was mistakenly read as being his rank. He is the commanding officer of Yossarian's group, but refuses to see his men. One day when Yossarian meets him accidentally, Yossarian asks him to send him home. He suggests to Yossarian that he will allow him to pick his missions but he cannot send him home. Yossarian refuses the offer.

On one of the missions, Clevinger's plane disappears and the crew is assumed dead.

Thoughts about death occupy Yossarian when he finds out that his next mission is the Great Big Siege of Bologna. He thinks about Mudd who died in combat even before reporting for duty. On a lighter note, Yossarian then remembers ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen who always goes A.W.O.L. and inevitably gets punished.

The only one who enjoys the news of the forthcoming mission is Captain Black, the squadron intelligence officer. He apparently gets pleasure out of seeing the fear on the faces of the men. He also hates the Major because he fills that he should been named squadron commander. In an wild attempt to smear the Majors name, he starts a rumor that the Major is a communist and forces the men to sign a petition by not issuing them their equipment if they didn't sign. Finally, after things reach an extreme point, Major de Coverley comes from Rome and puts an end to Captain Black's antics.

When the day on which the mission is scheduled arrives, it rains and the mission has to be postponed. In addition, Yossarion had put something into the food and all the men ended up having a bad case of diarrhea. He also changes the bomb line on the map and confuses Cathcart into believing that the Allies have already captured Bologna.

Major de Coverly, the squadron executive, has the reputation of being a noble conqueror even though nobody really knows him. His main function is to rent apartments for the men's rest leave. Milo, the mess officer is the only who really gets close to him and convinces him to rent a plane to that he can fly weekly supply runs to Malta.

The day to fly the mission to Bologna finally arrives and Yossarian is at a loss as to what to do o avoid going. He finally comes up with a plan and ruins the intercom. Being the highest ranking officer on board, he orders the pilot to turn back and his men are overjoyed at their luck in avoiding Bologna. He is amazed when later all the planes return and no one is hurt.

 

Review:

These chapters deal with the theme of the insignificance of human beings on the planet. One can die and the death is hardly noticed by others.

They also present the anti-hero of the text… Wintergreen. He has no loyalties to anyone other than himself. However though an anti-hero, Wintergreen does manage to enter the language games that exist in the novel. He justifies his service to his country as he does his job well and seemingly takes pride in the work. The work of digging holes does ensure his safety and therefore he manages to escape from the war to a certain extent.

Yossarian realizes that men with power will keep power, and those without power suffer the consequences. As a familiar quote says, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Yossarian learns the hard way that men with power have a tendency to abuse their authority.

 

 

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  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 8-14

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 15-21

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 22-28

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 29-35

  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 36-42

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