Study Guide

Catch-22 Genre

By Joseph Heller

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Satire and Parody; War Drama

Catch-22 makes fun of American bureaucracy – its incompetence, its red tape, and its corruption. It also pokes fun at the brutality of war, but does so in a way that is at once hilarious and horrifying. While the events and people are fictitious, the war itself is historical.

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