Catch-22 Narrative Elements

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Tyler Hojnoski 2 nd HourTITLE: Catch-22

AUTHOR: Joseph Heller

EXPOSITION: The actual year that the story takes place is never clearly stated. However, the novel is shown to take place near the end of WWII on an island off the coast of Italy named Pianosa. The main character, Yossarian, is introduced and is shown to be an anti-hero. At the beginning Yossarian is in the hospital because he claims to be suffering from a liver condition that is not well enough to have him sent home, but is not bad enough for a surgical procedure. He wants to stay in the hospital as long as he can to avoid flying any more bombing missions.

NARRATIVE HOOK: In Catch-22 the author grabs the reader's attention by implementing the logic from which the book gets its name: Catch-22. "A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation in which an individual cannot or is incapable of avoiding a problem because of contradictory constraints or rules.

Often these situations are such that solving one part of a problem only creates another problem, which ultimately leads back to the original problem. Catch-22s often result from rules, regulations, or procedures that an individual is subject to but has no control over."(Wikipedia, Catch 22 (logic))

RISING ACTION: Throughout the novel Yossarian is plotting to get out of flying more missions because he is convinced that everyone is out to kill him. He may not know the person but he feels that every time he flies a mission the enemy is dead set on killing him. Even though Yossarian flies the amount of missions necessary to be sent home, the number of missions is raised by Colonel Cathcart throughout the novel. Due to the fact that this book does not follow the traditional parts of plot development it...