Essays and criticism on Joseph Heller's Catch-22 - Critical Essays

David Winks Gray's article "The essay film in action" states that the "essay film became an identifiable form of filmmaking in the 1950s and '60s". He states that since that time, essay films have tended to be "on the margins" of the filmmaking the world. Essay films have a "peculiar searching, questioning tone ... between documentary and fiction" but without "fitting comfortably" into either genre. Gray notes that just like written essays, essay films "tend to marry the personal voice of a guiding narrator (often the director) with a wide swath of other voices". The Cinematheque website echoes some of Gray's comments; it calls a film essay an "intimate and allusive" genre that "catches filmmakers in a pensive mood, ruminating on the margins between fiction and documentary" in a manner that is "refreshingly inventive, playful, and idiosyncratic".

 Plotts, Stephen W. Catch-22 Antitheroic Antinovel. Massachusetts: Twayne Publishers,

Well, if you're , you write Catch-22, one of the most influential books of all time and a powerful indictment of humanity's most insane practice: war. The book—Heller's most famous by far—was published in 1961, at a time when America was between two of its messiest wars. The novel looks back at , but in many ways it anticipates the anti-war movement as began to ramp up.


What is the main theme of Catch-22?

Catch-22 required that each censored letter bear the censoring officer's name. (1.12)

This article has two sample AP test questions for the English section, using Catch 22 as an example. Each prompt is followed by some ideas that the writer would do well to include.