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Henry had a moment of clarity. The number of required missions is raised to 80, and both Dobbs and Nately are killed in combat.

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Yossarian must either accept the odious deal that he is offered, or he will be court-martialed. With a novel as richly ambiguous as Catch, we look to themes as guides; but it is important to be open-minded and flexible while we do so. Join our Reading Group here "Catch n. Heller quotes a specific McCarthy tactic when one of the accusing officers says to the chaplain, "I have here in my hands now another statement. On the other hand, Korn and Cathcart would put their own careers in jeopardy if Yossarian remains with the squadron, refuses to fly, and has other men following his example. The number of required missions is raised to 80, and both Dobbs and Nately are killed in combat. There are other contenders, of course, but they can quite evidently go take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut. And why has it become such a modern classic?

The crucial thing about this passage is that it is not a joke, is not told as one, and is not actually funny.

Or a sequel. A new generation of Americans - many of them facing the prospect of being forced to fight a war they didn't understand - found themselves identifying with Yossarian's situation and the phrase "Catch" soon became a part of the popular consciousness.

And why has it become such a modern classic?

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But feel free to post your own favourites below the line here, along with any more ideas and theories about this glorious novel. The chaplain returns to tell him that Orr has been found living in Sweden, and Yossarian decides to go there. Some of the major themes involve the concept of Catch, the distortion of justice, the influence of greed, and the issue of personal integrity. Stickers declaring "Yossarian Lives" started to appear among other anti-war slogans. After the war, while working as an advertising copywriter, he spent seven years writing a novel that reflected his experience, and what he saw as the insanity of military life. With a novel as richly ambiguous as Catch, we look to themes as guides; but it is important to be open-minded and flexible while we do so. One clause mentioned in chapter 10 closes a loophole in promotions, which one private had been exploiting to reattain the attractive rank of Private First Class after any promotion.

The doctor, whose job is to save lives only so that they can be put in danger again, can only agree that "it's the best there is". From that point on, Yossarian, acutely aware of his mortality, strives to avoid death at all costs.

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Summoned to a cellar without due process or any explanation of charges, the chaplain is interrogated in a harsh and arbitrary manner.

Who says so? After all, he concludes, what could be more "special" than bombing the hell out of people? What this means, as the book's Doc Daneeka explains to Yossarian of another flyer's situation, is that "Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them.

As Milo likes to say, "What's so terrible about that?

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