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CliffsNotes on Catch-22 takes you into this unforgettable novel that is full of satire, exaggeration, grotesque and comic caricatures, and telling allusions. Heller s main characters are two Jewish boys from Brooklyn at the end of World War II one from an orthodox family, one from a secular background. The growing friendship between the boys reflects the tensions within American society.With this study guide, you ll be able to follow the unique structure of the novel and supplement your reading with insights into the life and background of author Joseph Heller. Other features that help you study includeLife and background of the authorCharacter analyses of major playersA character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the charactersCritical essaysReview questionsClassic literature or modern modern-day treasure you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides."