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Justice, or the military distortion of it, is a major theme specifically emphasized in Clevinger's trial  (Chapter 8) and the interrogation of Chaplain Tappman (Chapter 36). At cadet school in Santa Ana,  California (in 1943), Yossarian's friend Clevinger manages to alienate Lieutenant Scheisskopf by  pointing out ways that Scheisskopf could improve morale. For his efforts, Clevinger is brought to trial  in front of the Action Board. In a satirical distortion of justice, Heller makes Scheisskopf serve as the  prosecutor, the officer defending Clevinger, and a member of the judging panel. Charges stem from  the fact that Clevinger tripped one day while marching to class; for this, he is accused of "breaking  ranks while in formation, felonious assault, indiscriminate behavior, mopery, high treason, provoking,  being a smart guy, listening to classical music, and so on." After a trial that is literally a mockery, in  which Heller plays with distorted logic as well as language gone askew, the author reverses the  standard concept that a person is innocent until proven guilty: Clevinger is found guilty simply  because  he is accused. Chaplain Tappman meets a similar fate. Summoned to a cellar without due  process or any explanation of charges, the chaplain is interrogated in a harsh and arbitrary manner. 
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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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