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Ghosts of the past catch up with Yossarian after his own life is threatened

Ghosts of the past catch up with Yossarian after his own life is threatened

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Ghosts of the past catch up with Yossarian after his own life is threatened. Some critics suggest that  Nately's whore embodies Yossarian's conscience and that the assault, coming immediately after the  captain sells out to Cathcart and Korn, is meant to symbolize an attack of guilt. Although that may be stretching a point, Yossarian's hospital stay is a time for reflection and  reevaluation. Yossarian wonders who the dark stranger is and what is meant by, "We've got your  pal." The chaplain suggests that the authorities certainly have  him,  the chaplain, but Yossarian  doubts that the chaplain is the subject: "No, I don't think it's you he meant," Yossarian decides. "I  think it must be someone like Nately or Dunbar. You know, someone who was killed in the war, like  Clevinger, Orr, Dobbs, Kid Sampson or McWatt. . . . They've got all my pals, haven't they?" One "pal" 
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