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___________________________Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


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Catch-22

 

Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 22-28

Summary:

Even though the title of chapter twenty-two is "Milo the Mayor", the beginning section deals with the mission to Avignon and explains why Yossarian lost his nerve. Then, the chapter discusses how Milo's entrepreneurial venture has grown and that people have nicknamed him everything from city mayor to Assistant Governor-general.

The discussion then focuses on paying for sex. Nately is in love/ lust with his whore – she claims that if he really loved her he would let her leave. Nately then becomes involved in an argument with the old man who runs the brothel about what it means to win or lose the war. He says that whenever a country wins a war, it gets into trouble whereas if a country loses a war, it tries hard to get back on its feet and does well.

Nately is angry at himself for not having a counter argument against this type of logic and he feels stymied by the old man because he reminds him of his father.

In time, when Milo's business starts to wane, he resorts to underhanded maneuvers to boost it. He hires out his planes to bomb his own squadron. This almost causes him to be court-martialed until everyone realizes how much each person benefited as a result of being involved with Milo's business.

In Chapter twenty-five, the chaplain- Captain Albert Taylor is described as being a kind hearted man who is unable to stand up to his superiors. He is concerned that he is not doing an adequate job for the men and is suffering from self doubt about his feelings about God.

On the next combat mission, Yossarian is wounded because of an oversight by Aarfy. He is overjoyed that he has to spend time in the hospital. He and another man, Dunbar, who has faked an illness have several escapades with the nurses, in particular with Nurse Duckett. This episode causes Yossarian to be sent to a psychologist named Major Sanderson, who diagnoses him to be delusional, un-American, and an enemy of the people. Nevertheless, this does not keep Yossarian out of combat and he is sent back as soon as his wounds are healed.

When Yossarian returns, he finds out that Orr has crash landed in the water and even attempted to paddle to Majorca. He didn't succeed and returned to the base safely. This has become a fairly common occurrence with him so that when it happens during the mission over Bologna, it is hard for Yossarian to accept that Orr has not returned.

 

Review:

Chapter twenty-two explains Snowden's death and Milo's business. This is important as it enables the reader to understand Yossarian's attitude towards the war and the dangers of Milo's ever expanding syndicate.

The chapter opens with reference to Milo’s dealings with the red bananas and then links back to the time that Nately met his whore again.

Note the debate over what it means to ‘win the war’ in the old man’s terms merely means losing the least amount of men possible.

The issue of time is debated next as the old man points out the shortsightedness of Nately’s statement that ‘America is not going to be destroyed’ there is a sense of inevitability about the fact that all great kingdoms fall. The old man then mocks America’s greatness by comparing it to a frog!

The chaplain is depicted as being meek and having a weakening feeling about the issues of religion. This causes him to question his profession, his life, and his sanity.

The issue of sanity again comes up when Yossarian is diagnosed as being insane and when Orr is seen paddling off alone on a raft with a a "toy oar".

 

 

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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

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