Saturday, April 1, 2017

catch 22

For my independent study book, I am in the process of reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. This book is unique in that it not only constantly critiques war society, but also does so in an unconventional method. Many conversations between characters have a cyclical pattern and are very repetitive. Characters seemingly change opinion and perspective midway through the conversation. Most likely, the opposite of what you would be believed to expect happens. This reoccurring theme enhances the critique of war because it proves the inevitability and uselessness of war.

6 comments:

Rickeia Coleman said...

My book, Fahrenheit 451, also speaks about war an the various opinions on it. My book is mainly about book burning but on a deeper level it is about people not having to think or do anything that is offensive to one another. I think the reason there is a war going on in my book is to act as irony to the the stereotypical culture in the book where everyone attempts to be as politically correct as possible and it all falls apart. War is commenced so that the society can advance in power while all the nations citizens live in ignorance to the world around them so I think it's interesting how both books use war in different ways.

Luke Jeanfreau said...

I've really been enjoying my book, 1984. It explores a world in which fascism has taken over by fascism. The government constantly lies to its citizens and creates fake news, all in the name of patriotism. It surprisingly serves as a really good critique on today's society, despite being written almost, 70 years ago.

Savannah Watermeier said...

I am reading Jane Eyre. It's basically an autobiography of a girls entire life. I am still on the part where she is a child. From what I can tell, she's in some kind of boarding school. The adults are very strict with her. They even tie her down. That kind of thing would never work in today's world.

Brooke Williamson said...

My book is Wuthering Heights. It revolves around a troubled romance between two central characters. No spoilers! I can't wait to hear everyone's oral reports and learn more about their novels.

Bailey Taylor said...

My book is Mrs. Dalloway. This book is really interesting, but difficult to read. The entire novel is written in stream of consciousness so it can be hard to follow, but I like how you really get to see inside the characters mind.

Julia Scofield said...

I am reading a passage to india. The deep racial divides between the Europeans and the Indians can be seen very early in the novel. Some of the biases are similar to what we have already seen in novels that we have read throughout high school. I am excited to get to finish it.