Captain Black is one of the more despicable characters in the novel

Captain Black is one of the more despicable characters in the novel

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Unformatted text preview: Captain Black is one of the more despicable characters in the novel. He is vengeful, mean-spirited, envious, and sadistic. Black's joy overflows when Colonel Cathcart volunteers the men for the dangerous Bologna assignment: "Oh, boy! I can't wait to see those bastards' faces when they find out they're going to Bologna. Ha, ha ha! . . . Eat your livers, you bastards. This time you're really in for it." The Captain hasn't been this happy since Major Duluth was killed, briefly leaving open the position of squadron commander, which Black felt should be his despite the fact that he is not even on combat status. Instead, the job went to Major Major primarily because Colonel Cathcart had one too many Majors in his outfit. Vengeance against Major Major precipitated Captain Black's Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade; he accused Major of being a Communist and then insisted that...
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