THE ABSURDITY OF HUMAN AND REALITY IN THE NOVEL “CATCH-22” OF JOSEPH HELLER
Corresponding Author(s) : Thai Anh Thu
UED Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education,
Vol. 10 No. 2 (2020): UED Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education
“Catch-22” is considered one of the American writer Joseph Heller’s greatest novels. It was published in 1961. Joseph Heller combined the irrational sensations, the mocking and satirical tones to describe a collapsed and degenerate world in the postmodern condition. Through the living background of an American military unit of World War II, the author reflected some absurd problems such as: the distortion of justice, the influence of greed, and the issue of personal integrity. This article focuses on analyzing the absurdity of character imagery and reality that is automatically accepted and followed in postmodern condition. As a result, readers can gain a deeper insight into the novel and seek empathy in the perception about the absurd, which is becoming normal in recently.
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