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Catch-22

Catch-22

by Joseph Heller

Hypocrisy Theme

The logic known as Catch-22 is one of endlessly creative rationalization. It can take contradictory statements and reconcile them. It can make completely irrational statements sound logical. By taking a statement and inverting it, Catch-22 always defeats those who try to reason through it. It uses circular reasoning and, through this, dooms everyone involved. They can never escape its madness.

Questions About Hypocrisy

  1. How widespread are the phenomena of hypocrisy and contradiction? Are they accepted as normal?
  2. How are contradictory statements often reconciled in Catch-22?
  3. How does Catch-22 trap men in its circular logic?
  4. What are some possible ways to break out of Catch-22's mad logic? How does Yossarian solve or not solve the problem?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

The logic of Catch-22 is self-contradictory and makes no sense, even in the context of the mad modern world.

Even though the logic of Catch-22 seems contradictory and irrational, it makes sense and can be applied logically in the world of the novel.

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