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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Unformatted text preview: 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" Clevinger, Orr, Dobbs, Kid Sampson or McWatt....
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