Catch-22 | Critical Essay by David M. Craig

This literature criticism consists of approximately 33 pages of analysis & critique of Catch-22.
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Critical Essay by David M. Craig

SOURCE: Craig, David M. “From Avignon to Catch-22.War, Literature, and the Arts 6, no. 2 (fall-winter 1994): 27-54.

In the following essay, Craig discusses the influence of Heller's World War II experience as a pilot over Avignon on the writing of Catch-22.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light. 

—Dylan Thomas

Joseph Heller's experiences as a bombardier over Avignon during World War II were catalytic to his career as a writer. In the experiences over Avignon, Catch-22 begins. These experiences did not spark Heller's desire to be an author, for that had burned unabated since childhood.1 Nor did the reaction the Avignon experiences occasioned occur quickly, regularly, or consciously. Rather, Avignon provided in highly compressed from Heller's essential subject—human mortality—and Avignon engaged his imagination in a way that this subject...

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