Catch-22


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Catch-22

A paradoxical situation that has no happy ending. A popular movie with Alan Arkin in 1970, Catch-22 came from Joseph Heller's 1961 comical, yet gruesome, best-selling book about pilots in a fictitious World War II setting. The paradox was that no sane pilot would be crazy enough to want to continue flying dangerous missions. The only way a pilot would be grounded is if he were truly crazy, but if he asked to be grounded, he was then considered sane and would not be grounded.

A Catch-22 with software would be trying to install a new version of the OS that conflicts with the current display driver. Although a new version of the display driver may be available for the new version of the OS, the current display driver does not allow the new OS to be installed. Sometimes, a Catch-22 is used synonymously with a "chicken-egg" dilemma (which comes first?), but it is more accurately a conundrum without a winning solution.

Catch-22

concerned with the frustration of red-tape mechanisms. [Am. Lit.: Catch-22]

Catch-22

Air Force captain’s appeal to be grounded for insanity not granted because desire to avoid combat proves sanity. [Am. Lit.: Joseph Heller Catch-22]

Catch-22

pleading insanity to leave army indicates sanity. [Am. Lit.: Catch-22]
See: Irony

Catch-22

claim of insanity to be relieved of military duty proves sanity. [Am. Lit.: Joseph Heller Catch-22]
See: Paradox
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With regard to the difference in the frequency of narrative propositions, it can be argued that the lower frequency in Catch-22 may be an indication that much of the novel is more about descriptions of characters and situations rather than about the succession of events or the development of a plot in the traditional sense.
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As anyone who has read the book will know, Catch-22 is crammed full of humorous insights that are all the more memorable because they reveal a more profound, and usually quite tragic, truth.
An important inclusion in Section A is the detail of description accorded to the dust jackets of first editions and, in the case of Catch-22, later editions as well.
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It was dubbed Catch-22 by another character, Yossarian (the hero of the novel), and other forms of this are invoked throughout the novel to justify various bureaucratic actions.