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Catch-22

Catch-22

by Joseph Heller

Analysis: Writing Style

Verbose, Repetitive

Heller tends to repeat things a lot – words, catchphrases, references to events, and important scenes. Through each new repetition, we learn something deeper about the situation – its cause, its consequences, when it happened, etc. These repeated events serve as touchstones through which readers can become oriented again in a story that is often wildly absurd, circular, and difficult to follow.

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