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Unformatted text preview: Death, which has served as a backdrop to the whimsy and mayhem of most of the novel to this point, now becomes a central theme. Clevinger, who is declared dead at the beginning of Chapter 10 (August 1944), is still alive during the flashback to the Bologna raid (late June 1944). Despite his trial the previous year, Clevinger still believes in the military system. Yossarian does not. "Open your eyes, Clevinger," Yossarian snaps. "It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead. . . . The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on." Bologna has the reputation of being heavily guarded by intense flak. Yossarian has no desire to fly that mission. While others pray for a reprieve, Yossarian sees a possibility. The intelligence tent displays an easel map of Italy. On it, a scarlet strand of satin ribbon indicates the farthest advance of displays an easel map of Italy....
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