History Literature / CatchTwentyTwo

20th Aug '16 9:57:57 AM pwiegle
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** A prostitute laments that no man would want to marry her, because she's not a virgin. But when a man professes a willingness to marry her, she flatly turns him down -- on the grounds that she's not a virgin.
15th Aug '16 6:40:59 PM kyeo
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Wintergreen, who remains indispensable to the top brass despite being repeatedly busted back down to private.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Most of the higher-ups in the Air Force, such as General Peckam and Colonel Cathcart. Ex-P.F.C Wintergreen is a particularly extreme example -- despite being a lowly mail clerk, he has become one of the most powerful men in the military because whenever he doesn't like an order someone sends, he just throws it away. Wintergeen claims he was about to cancel the Normandy Invasion until Eisenhower committed more armor.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Most of the higher-ups in the Air Force, such as General Peckam and Colonel Cathcart. Ex-P.F.C Wintergreen is a particularly extreme example -- despite being a lowly mail clerk, he has become one of the most powerful men in the military because whenever he doesn't like an order someone sends, he just throws it away. Wintergeen Wintergreen claims he was about to cancel the Normandy Invasion until Eisenhower committed more armor.armor.
* OhCrap: Colonel Peckem (and just about all the top military brass) have one when they realize [[spoiler: Scheisskopf, a CloudCuckoolander PointyHairedBoss, has been promoted to authority over them--and wants them all to march in parades.]]
18th Jul '16 2:14:02 PM Tauros113
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** Also Major _______ de Coverely, who scares everyone else so much that nobody's even had the guts to ask him his first name.

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** Also Major _______ ----- de Coverely, who scares everyone else so much that nobody's even had the guts to ask him his first name.



* 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]].

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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]].



** Having his name added to flight crew manifests when he isn't aboard the flight, so he can get flight pay, leads to a situation where he is declared legally dead, despite being obviously alive.

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** Having his name added to flight crew manifests when he isn't aboard the flight, so he can get flight pay, leads to a situation where he [[spoiler:he is declared legally dead, despite being obviously alive.alive]].



* HypocriticalHumor: "Racial prejudice is a terrible thing, Yossarian. It really is. It's a terrible thing to treat a decent, loyal Indian like a nigger, kike, wop or spic." -- Chief White Halfoat.

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* HypocriticalHumor: HypocriticalHumor:
--> '''Chief White Halfoat''':
"Racial prejudice is a terrible thing, Yossarian. It really is. It's a terrible thing to treat a decent, loyal Indian like a nigger, kike, wop or spic." -- Chief White Halfoat."



* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Doc Daneeka. [[spoiler:But no one will correct the official records.]]

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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Doc Daneeka. [[spoiler:But [[spoiler:Doc Daneeka]]. But no one will correct the official records.]]



* TelevisionGeography: A deliberate case; Pianosa is too small for a major military complex and has no permanent residents -- it is actually home to a maximum-security prison. The author tells you right up front that it is fictional.

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* TelevisionGeography: A deliberate case; case. Pianosa is too small for a major military complex and has no permanent residents -- it is actually residents, instead being home to a maximum-security prison. The author even tells you right up front that before the first chapter it is fictional.



* UnPerson: Doc Daneeka gets [[LegallyDead declared killed in action]] when a plane he was listed to have been on crashes. He can't convince anyone that he isn't dead, and eventually comes to believe it himself.

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* UnPerson: Doc Daneeka [[spoiler:Doc Daneeka]] gets [[LegallyDead declared killed in action]] when a plane he was listed to have been on crashes. He can't convince anyone that he isn't dead, and eventually comes to believe it himself.
18th Jul '16 1:59:34 PM Tauros113
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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Yossarian has heard stories of slave traders in Africa kidnapping little boys and selling them to men who disemboweled and ate them. He wonders how a child could suffer such a horrible fate without showing the slightest hint of fear or pain, but takes it for granted that somehow they do-he refuses to believe that anyone could knowingly cause a child to suffer.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Kid Sampson is accidentally cut in half by McWatt's plane.]]

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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Yossarian has heard stories of slave traders in Africa kidnapping little boys and selling them to men who disemboweled and ate them. He wonders how a child could suffer such a horrible fate without showing the slightest hint of fear or pain, but takes it for granted that somehow they do-he them, and refuses to believe that anyone could knowingly cause a child to suffer.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Kid Sampson is accidentally cut in half by McWatt's [=McWatt=]'s plane.]]
18th Jul '16 1:56:23 PM Tauros113
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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]].
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Orr pretends to have died in a plane crash to avoid getting caught when he escapes to Sweden]]. It's implied that a number of other characters who "died" were actually faking it, including [[spoiler:Clevinger]]-only [[spoiler:Kid Sampson and [=McWatt=]]] can be definitively said to be dead for real.

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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]].
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Orr pretends to have died in a plane crash to avoid getting caught when he escapes to Sweden]]. It's implied that a number of other characters who "died" were actually faking it, including [[spoiler:Clevinger]]-only [[spoiler:Clevinger]] - only [[spoiler:Kid Sampson and [=McWatt=]]] can be definitively said to be dead for real.
18th Jul '16 1:49:18 PM Tauros113
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** Milo Minderbinder, a ruthless profiteer, but one who does attempt to protect Yossarian from the very bureaucracy that he feeds, by aiding his mission to rescue Nately's prostitute's young sister - only to depart abruptly upon hearing of yet another new business opportunity.

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** Milo Minderbinder, a ruthless profiteer, but one who does attempt to protect Yossarian from the very bureaucracy that he feeds, by aiding feeds. He even aids Yossarian in his mission to rescue Nately's prostitute's young sister - [[spoiler: only to depart abruptly upon hearing of yet another new business opportunity.opportunity]].
7th Jun '16 7:44:22 PM Gregzilla
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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Orr pretends to have died in a plane crash to avoid getting caught when he escapes to Sweden]]. It's implied that a number of other characters who "died" were actually faking it, including [[spoiler:Clevinger]]-only [[spoiler:Kid Sampson and McWatt]] can be definitively said to be dead for real.

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Orr pretends to have died in a plane crash to avoid getting caught when he escapes to Sweden]]. It's implied that a number of other characters who "died" were actually faking it, including [[spoiler:Clevinger]]-only [[spoiler:Kid Sampson and McWatt]] [=McWatt=]]] can be definitively said to be dead for real.
7th Jun '16 7:07:55 PM Gregzilla
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--> '''Ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen''': "I almost cancelled [[UsefulNotes/WorldwarTwo Operation Overlord]] until [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] added more armor."

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--> '''Ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen''': "I almost cancelled [[UsefulNotes/WorldwarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Operation Overlord]] until [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] added more armor."
19th May '16 5:12:58 AM ading
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** Colonel Korn got so fed up with Yossarian ruining educational sessions with pointless questions that he decided to put a stop to it by making it a rule that the only people allowed to ask questions during educational sessions were the ones who don't ask questions during educational sessions. He then got rid of the sessions altogether, since everyone agreed that you couldn't educate people who never asked questions.
19th May '16 4:56:08 AM ading
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* OnlySaneMan: Yossarian, but in a strange way: it's because he realizes that everyone (himself included) is crazy. It turns out that [[spoiler:Orr shares Yossarian's desire to escape the military. He was just smart enough to figure out a way much faster.]] Subverted by [=McWatt=], who is described as "the craziest combat man of them all, because he was perfectly sane and still did not mind the war."

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* OnlySaneMan: OnlySaneMan:
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Yossarian, but in a strange way: it's because he realizes that everyone (himself included) is crazy. It turns out that [[spoiler:Orr shares Yossarian's desire to escape the military. He was just smart enough to figure out a way much faster.]] ]]
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Subverted by [=McWatt=], who is described as "the craziest combat man of them all, because he was perfectly sane and still did not mind the war.""
** The chaplain is probably the most normal character in the book, although he's a bit paranoid.



* PointyHairedBoss: Cathcart, who has no understanding of anything beyond an immature sense of what's good and bad for his Army career ("Black Eyes" and "Feathers in His Cap")

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* PointyHairedBoss: PointyHairedBoss:
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Cathcart, who has no understanding of anything beyond an immature sense of what's good and bad for his Army career ("Black Eyes" and "Feathers in His Cap")Cap").
** Captain Black doesn't even know which country his army is at war with; [[InsaneTrollLogic he suspects one general of being a traitor to America because the general disapproves of Hitler]].
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