|the awakeningcomedy and tragedy
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 manages to bond humor and terror, comedy and tragedy, and reveals in the process the mean of the human character and of society gone mad.
The first, is his presentation of outrageous characters, acting outrageously. From the first chapter, we are presented with a mass of unbelievable characters whose actions and beliefs are uproariously funny, and horrifically disturbing. In fact, the manner in which the reader recognizes the character's dual nature will serve as t...