the awakeningcomedy and tragedy

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Comedy and tragedy have always been separation into separate genres. Certainly most tragedies had comedic moments, and even the craziest comedies were at times serious. However, even the development of supposed tragedies left the division intact. That is, until Catch-22. Joseph Heller does not deal with these issues in the normal fashion instead he criticizes them and the institutions that help carry these things out. Heller in fact goes beyond criticizing, he satirizes. Joseph Heller …

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…reference is Doc Daneeka's version, presented to Yossarian on the matter of groundings. To be grounded, one must be insane, but one must also ask to be grounded. However, asking to be grounded shows the desire for protection, a sure sign of sanity. For, if one were truly insane, one would fly the missions voluntarily. Thus, no one is grounded. As the novel continues, the paradoxes remain equally humorous, but their implications even more gruesome.