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Catch-22

Catch-22 is a satirical novel by American author Joseph Heller. He began writing it in 1953; the novel was first published in 1961. Often cited as one of the most significant novels of the twentieth century, it uses a distinctive non-chronological third-person omniscient narration, describing events from the points of view of different characters. The separate storylines are out of sequence so the timeline develops along with the plot.

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A Real World Example of a Catch-22

For those who have read or are reading Catch-22, many find it hard to draw upon real world examples of situations that would constitute a Catch-22. I think this image not only sums up the essence of Catch-22, but applies the concept to a very real and very common problem, homelessness. Reflecting more on this image, it is quite sad to think about those trying to lift themselves out of poverty, but are continually being pushed back down due to how our society treats those who are not in the majority...

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