History Literature / CatchTwentyTwo

15th Jan '16 5:30:56 AM jormis29
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** Heller claimed to have written this with a movie adaptation in mind -- he wanted Major Major to be played either by Henry Fonda or someone who looked absolutely nothing like Henry Fonda. When a movie was made in 1970, they went the latter route with the casting of BobNewhart.
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** Heller claimed to have written this with a movie adaptation in mind -- he wanted Major Major to be played either by Henry Fonda or someone who looked absolutely nothing like Henry Fonda. When [[Film/CatchTwentyTwo a movie was made in 1970, 1970]], they went the latter route with the casting of BobNewhart.
4th Jan '16 3:39:21 PM lrrose
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: While General Dreedle is a huge {{Jerkass}}, he also has no patience for the various bureaucratic nonsense that plagues Pianosa. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, by the time the Chaplain thinks to appeal to Dreedle to stop Cathcart, Dreedle has been overthrown by the far less reasonable Peckem and Scheisskops.]]
6th Dec '15 4:25:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* FatalFlaw: Everyone has one. Cathcart's hunger for fame, Aarfy's crippling fear of "paying for it", and so on. Milo's is most noticeable: his greed has consumed him to the point he is ''physically unable'' to pass up a chance at money. * {{Foil}}: Dunbar shares Yosarrian's desire for self-preservation and caustic sense of humor which makes them fast friends. However, his main focus is prolonging his life through a sense of boredom as he already knows he's going to die eventually(unlike Yossarian's desperate fear of death). Eventually, [[spoiler: he goes mad in the hospital ward and "disappears" for the rest of the novel]], which hints at a potential fate for Yosarrian.
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* EyepatchOfPower: Major ---- de Coverly has one, which is part of why he looks so commanding that everyone is too afraid to ask his first name. It turns out that he got the eyepatch after [[spoiler:an irreverent old man thought he looked too haughty and tossed a flower in his eye]]. * FatalFlaw: Everyone has one. Cathcart's hunger for fame, Aarfy's crippling fear of "paying for it", it," and so on. Milo's is most noticeable: his greed has consumed him to the point he is ''physically unable'' to pass up a chance at money. * {{Foil}}: Dunbar shares Yosarrian's desire for self-preservation and caustic sense of humor which makes them fast friends. However, his main focus is prolonging his life through a sense of boredom as he already knows he's going to die eventually(unlike eventually (unlike Yossarian's desperate fear of death). Eventually, [[spoiler: he goes mad in the hospital ward and "disappears" for the rest of the novel]], which hints at a potential fate for Yosarrian.

* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Doc Daneeka. [[spoiler:But no-one will correct the official records.]]
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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Doc Daneeka. [[spoiler:But no-one no one will correct the official records.]]
5th Dec '15 12:51:58 AM BenKenobi
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--> '''Ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen''': "I almost cancelled [[UsefulNotes/WorldwarTwo Operation Overlord]] until [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] added more armor."
15th Oct '15 9:19:24 PM JakesBrain
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"...I'M the bombardier!"\\ "Then help HIM, help HIM!"
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"...I'M ''I'm'' the bombardier!"\\ bombardier! I'm fine!"\\ "Then help HIM, ''him'', help HIM!"''him!''"
4th Sep '15 11:36:55 AM Phrederic
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** Though it's hard to see it because the story is told from his perspective, Yossarian himself qualifies. Not only is described as strong as an ox, he's a highly competent pilot who's flown 70+ missions and legitimately earned the medal he got for going over the bridge twice and actually destroying it. [[spoiler: Which he reminds Major Danby of at the end when being accused of being unpatriotic, he's legitimately earned his leave.]]

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** Dunbar started out as a guy who wanted to be as bored as possible so he would prolong his life [[spoiler: so of course he gets 'disappeared' after he starts being excited and emotional about injustice]].

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* KnightInSourArmor: Despite Yossarian's bravado and seeming lackadaisical nature, he's actually incredibly upset about all the brutality, callousness and corruption of the military. Special mention goes to Dunbar, who was portrayed as a guy who wanted to prolong his life as long as possible by being as boring as possible, and later [[spoiler: got so upset at the unnecessary bombing of an Italian village that he intentionally missed the target but also started getting riled up at the stupid and pointless orders of his superior officers]].
1st Sep '15 1:58:59 PM Divra
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1st Sep '15 1:58:57 PM Divra
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* StepThreeProfit: Deconstructed and played for laughs. Milo attempts to turn a profit (step three) by buying the entire crop of Egyptian cotton. Much amusement is then wrung from his attempts to figure out step two, including, but not limited to, getting a bunch of grunts to wrap it around matches and selling it to the medical depot as antseptic swabs and coating it in chocolate and using it instead of emergency rations on bombers.
1st Sep '15 1:24:24 PM Divra
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* StepThreeProfit: Deconstructed and played for laughs. Milo attempts to turn a profit (step three) by buying the entire crop of Egyptian cotton. Much amusement is then wrung from his attempts to figure out step two, including, but not limited to, getting a bunch of grunts to wrap it around matches and selling it to the medical depot as antseptic swabs and coating it in chocolate and using it instead of emergency rations on bombers.
21st Aug '15 10:59:45 AM CynicalBastardo
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** General Peckem spends the entire book trying to get bomber units transferred to his command in Special Services so he can have authority over General Dreedle. This eventually occurs after Peckem takes over Dreedle's command. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, this now means that he is now subservient to General Scheisskopf.]]
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