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Unformatted text preview: Leaves of absence in Rome allow respite for the men and a change of tone for the reader. Here the men initially find romance, parties, frolic, and joy. Yossarian's brief affair with a young woman named Luciana is one of the more poignant interludes, although we soon are reminded that Yossarian's relations with women are troubled at best. Nately argues patriotism with a 107-year-old cynic at a bordello, one of the novel's several debates concerning values. But Rome, too, is altered by the war, as Yossarian learns in the closing chapters. The tone changes with flashbacks to raids on Ferrara, Bologna, and Avignon. At Ferrara, in the spring of 1944, Yossarian is an inexperienced bombardier eager to succeed in the mission so it will not be repeated. Having failed to release his bombs on the first run, Yossarian directs his flight to take a second pass so that he can hit the target, a bridge that the squadron has tried in vain to destroy for a week. The tactic works, but a young airman named Kraft is killed. Although Yossarian is destroy for a week....
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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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