Catch-22 Infographics

Catch-22 Infographics

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you”

About the Author

Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller was born in New York City, America in 1923. He wrote the bestseller Catch-22 in 1961 as protest literature to appear after World War 2. He had the experience of teaching English at the Pennsylvania State University and an Advertising Copywriter for the magazine Time and Look. After the novel Catch-22, the word came in the English literature as a reference to a proviso that trips one up no matter which way one turns.

About the Novel

“Catch 22” satirizes war by making serious fun of life in the American military during World War II. If you are in sympathy with its premise — that war insidiously and absurdly brutalizes its participants — you may find it funny, tragic, and enjoyable. Certainly, it is well-conceived and skillfully written. It has won a permanent place on the list of great 20th Century American fiction and is one of my favorite books.

Genre: Dark Comedy| War Fiction

Tone: Satirical

Type: Absurdist Fiction

Setting: Rome, Italy


Main Characters of Catch 22 

John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian

The novel’s protagonist, Yossarian is a captain in the US Army Air Force.

Chaplain Tappman:

The group’s chaplain

Doc Daneeka:

The group’s medic


A former fraternity man in college

Milo Minderbinder:

The group’s mess officer with a business—M & M Enterprises

Colonel Cathcart:

Yossarian’s chief antagonist

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