Satire, Parody, and Humor in Catch-22

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Laughter is the heart of dark comedy. It makes the unbearable bearable. Joseph Heller crafted his dark comedy Catch-22 to enable readers to laugh at the painful realities and underscore the absurdities of a war where people you don't know are trying to kill you. An interactive resource from PBS draws readers into studying the satire and parodies that Heller employs.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask learners to bring in examples of parodies, satires, or catch-22s or to craft their own
  • Present the resource after class members have read several chapters of the novel
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free PBS account to access materials
  • One of five Catch-22 resources from PBS 
  • Presumes learners have previously studied satire and parody
  • The seven-page interactive resource includes a video, a glossary, and writing prompts
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