Chaplain Tappman may be the most decent character in the novel

Chaplain Tappman may be the most decent character in the novel

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Unformatted text preview: Chaplain Tappman may be the most decent character in the novel. He is consistently a friend to Yossarian; the first line of the novel indicates that Yossarian immediately cares a great deal for the chaplain as well. The chaplain grows from a timid, ineffectual fool to a bold and assertive force for reason and justice as the novel progresses. Throughout, he is kind and introspective. If Tappman ever were going to fold, it would be during his interrogation. Up to then, we have found him to be a very timid man, easily intimidated, frightened of loud voices and aggressive types. Even Tappman's assistant, Corporal Whitcomb, bullies him. He frequently points out the chaplain's "faults" (according to Whitcomb) and has Tappman on the defensive, apologizing rather than directing his assistant. Despite all this, we have seen that the chaplain has courage. He wants to do the right assistant....
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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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