Unformatted text preview: Although hospitals have their drawbacks, they are symbols of refuge for Yossarian. He finds that the death rate is lower in hospitals, and few people die needlessly: "People knew a lot more about dying inside the hospital and made a much neater, more orderly job of it. They couldn't dominate death, . . . but they certainly made her behave. They had taught her some manners." People did not just disappear in clouds, like Clevinger, or get blown to bits in the hospital. They "bled to death like gentlemen . . . or expired without comment in an oxygen tent." Death is more civilized in the hospital. There are still silly rules, and Yossarian does not care for all the sick people — but it beats war. Heller uses the soldier in white to precipitate a discussion of justice. A warrant officer with malaria questions the encased warrior's fate after Nurse Cramer pronounces him dead. "I wonder what he questions the encased warrior's fate after Nurse Cramer pronounces him dead....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
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