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Catch22

The Deft Touch of Catch 22:
Heller’s Harmonious Unison of Comedy and Tragedy

Since the dawn of literature and drama, comedy and tragedy have always been partitioned into separate genres.Certainly most tragedies had comedic moments, and even the zaniest comedies were at times serious.However, even the development of said tragicomedies left the division more or less intact.Integrating a total comedy and a total tragedy into a holistic union that not only preserved both features, but also blended them into a new and harmonious entity remained elusive.That is, until Catch-22.Using his unique style and structure, Joseph Heller masterfully manages to interlay humor and terror, comedy and tragedy, and reveals in the process the perversions of the human character and of society gone mad.
Thefirst stroke of Heller’s deft touch is his presentation of outrageous characters, acting outrageously.From thefirst chapter, we are presented with a slew of unbelievable characters whose actions and ideologies are uproariously funny, and horrifically disturbing.In fact, the manner in which the reader recognizes the character’s dual nature will serve as thefirst example of Heller’s amalgamation of comedy and tragedy.Dunbar’s theory of life isfirst received with a burst of laughter from the audience.Life is short, and Dunbar wishes to extend it as much as possible.If time flies when one is having fun, then conversely, time must slow when one is bored.Dunbar endeavors to make his life as boring as possible, thus increasing the length of its passing.Indeed, it is understandable why such an attitude should elicit a laugh, but the further implications are horrific.Society’s emphasis on life over meaning comes as a shocking revelation to the audience.Heller further reinforces that idea with characters such as Doc Daneeka, who values self-preservation and money over responsibility and friendship, and Milo who values self-im…

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