Summary : ' Catch 22 '

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MaryFrances McGill
Mrs. Taylor
AP Literature and Composition
17 July 2015
Catch 22 Quotations
1. “Women killed Hungry Joe. His response to them as sexual beings was one of frenzied worship and idolatry. They were lovely, satisfying, maddening manifestations of the miraculous, instruments of pleasure too powerful to be measured, too keen to be endured, and too exquisite to be intended for employment by the base, unworthy man. He could interpret their naked presence in his hands only as a cosmic oversight destined to be rectified speedily, and he was driven always to make what carnal use of them he could in the fleeting moment or two he felt he had before Someone caught wise and whisked them away” (52). In Catch-22, the reoccurring motif of sex happens only through prostitution. Many of the men say they are in love, but this so-called “love” is often mistaken lust. The men use sex as a pleasurable distraction. The women mentioned are dehumanized as sexual objects and not as people of self worth.The men are like wild animals, or creatures in need. This quotation also contains alliteration: “. . . maddening manifestations of the miraculous . . .”

2. “Yossarian lost his nerve on the mission to Avignon because Snowden lost his guts” (224). In this quotation the word “guts” is both true in a literal sense and a metaphorical sense. It is literally true because shrapnel truly destroys Snowden’s guts and metaphorically true because Yossarian loses his guts or fearlessness. Joseph

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