Captain John Yossarian

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Captain John Yossarian, the novel's protagonist, is a bombardier in the 256th Squadron of the Army  Air Forces during World War II, stationed on Pianosa, a fictionalized island in the Mediterranean  between mainland Italy and Corsica. The squadron's assignment is to bomb enemy positions in Italy  and eastern France. It is the summer of 1944, but events of the novel are  not  told in chronological  order; sometimes time changes without warning. Most of the action takes place from spring through  December of 1944, but there are flashbacks to 1942, when Yossarian was in basic training at Lowery  Field in Colorado, and to 1943 when he was in cadet training at Santa Ana, California. The satirical  novel is episodic and relies on character as much as it does on plot or theme. We meet several key characters in the opening chapters. When the novel opens, Yossarian is in the 
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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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