Influences[ edit ] Heller wanted to be a writer from an early age. His experiences as a bombardier during World War II inspired Catch;  Heller later said that he "never had a bad officer. Though the novel is ostensibly set in World War II, Heller intentionally included anachronisms like loyalty oaths and computers IBM machines to situate the novel in the context of the s.
Finkler, a successful philosopher and popular writer, is now quite anti-Zionist, but his late wife, Tyler, was a convert. Treslove had an affair with Tyler.
Now he is with Hephzibah, niece of their old teacher, Libor. Today he didn't want her [Tyler] to go home, back to Sam's bed, back to Sam's penis.
Was Sam now ashamed of his penis, too? He had flaunted his circumcision at school. It gives them greater satisfaction. With one of these beauties you can go for ever. No woman will want to touch yours. So what's the sensitivity worth? Unless you want to spend the rest of your life being sensitive with yourself.
Did Finkler's Jewish shame extend to his Jewish dick? Or was his dick the one part of him to enjoy exclusion from the slur? That's if there'd ever been a grain of truth in any of it.
You never knew with Jews what was a joke and what wasn't, and Finkler wasn't even a Jew who joked much. Treslove longed for Tyler to tell him, solve the mystery once and for all. Did women have a preference?
She was in the best position to make the comparison. Could her Shmuelly go forever? Was her willingness to look at her husband's penis but not her lover's attributable to the foreskin and the foreskin alone? Was Treslove uncut too ugly to look at? Had the Jews got that one right at least?
It would explain, wouldn't it, why she fiddled with him the way she did, behind his back. Was she unconsciously trying to screw off his prepuce?
He didn't ask her.
Didn't have the courage. And in all likelihood didn't want to hear the answer. Besides, Tyler wasn't well enough to be questioned. You take your opportunity when you have it. Treslove was never given another.
In the history of ideas sense. And the knack of thinking Jewishly. She hadn't read it herself, but she knew it to be a highly regarded text of the twelfth century, and since Treslove owned himself to be perplexed and in need of a guide, she didn't see how he could do any better.
It looked like one of those books which you started as a child and finished in an old persons' home lying in a bed next to Libor's Hebrew teacher. This is what you keep saying you want.
It was never too late. She wouldn't hear of it. Already, there are competing criteria of maleness in this house. And then he got on to circumcision and found himself galvanised into thought.
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Welcome to the LitCharts study guide on Joseph Heller's Catch Created by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides. As apparent above, the novel is inseparable from the backdrop of World War II, in which it is set.
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Absurdist fiction Satire War fiction Historical fiction: Publisher: Simon & Schuster: Publication date. There was only one catch and that was Catch, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind.
The idea for Catch was based on Joseph Heller's Genre: Black comedy, Absurdist fiction, Satire, War fiction, Historical fiction.