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A Season of Madness by Hanan al Shaykh illustrates a helpless, Lebanese woman- Fatin, that is desperately seeking a way out of her marriage. Joseph Hellers Catch-22, portrays a young soldier, Yossarian that tries to find a way out of the a

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Being in a controlled system, requires one to follow the rules. The two literary texts that will be examined in this essay show how authority controls characters. "A Season of Madness" by Hanan al Shaykh illustrates a helpless, Lebanese woman- Fatin, that is desperately seeking a way out of her marriage. Joseph Heller's " Catch-22", portrays a young soldier, Yossarian that tries to find a way out of the army, yet the law preventing him from doing so. Protagonists in these two texts use insanity as a tool in the hope of achieving their goals. The main characters are under a form of control that stops them from having things their way. Yossarian is under a bureaucratic control; his profession is planned in such a manner that he has no way out of it. ...read more.

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The protagonists put all their efforts into getting out of their situation. Yossarian tries his very best to get out of the army. "Can't you ground someone who's crazy?" " Then why don't you ground me? I'm crazy." He tries to convince the officers that he really is crazy. Fatin goes to extreme cases. "I had tried to jump out of the window and fly and run away in a truck transporting ivory." This demonstrates her madness, "Don't kiss me on my eyes tomorrow or we'll be separated." Nonetheless, she still kissed him after her husband said that, she goes against everything in order for him to leave her. The fate of these characters is bleak, showing that they have a low chance out of their conditions, as trying their best to get out leads them to the first spot. ...read more.

Conclusion

"My consciousness has eaten away at me on account of my unfaithfulness to him. Then I forced myself to look up and confront them." However after Fatin having confessed to them, they pitied her and thought she must have lost her mind. When reading these texts, I realise that being under such control doesn't give people many options and leaves them to resort to such states such as acting mad . The actions that were made by these characters have proven to be useless and avoid them from getting what they want. It is because the situation is a circular one, which shows doing something to get out will not lead them anywhere. The act of insanity doesn't help them to achieve their goals as the military command towards Yossarian and the societal expectations of Fatin decide their destinies. Sana Bukhari, ID- 41249 ...read more.

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