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Unformatted text preview: Structurally, the novel opens and closes with hospital scenes. The hospital is Yossarian's home away from home and much more civilized than the war front. People die in hospitals, but they do so with more decorum. There is less screaming, and death is seldom a surprise. One of Yossarian's happiest Thanksgivings is spent in the Lowery Field hospital; it is so good that he considers spending every Thanksgiving in a hospital. But by the time the protagonist is in cadet training, at Santa Ana, California (1943), he is having an affair with his commanding officer's wife on Thanksgiving, still indulging in behavior atypical of a classic hero. Bombardier Yossarian arrives on Pianosa early in 1944. That spring, he performs a feat that might be considered heroic; he lives to regret it. The squadron has been trying to destroy a bridge at Ferrara for a week without success. On yet another raid, Yossarian is unable to release his bombs on the first run. He orders his flight to take a second pass at the target. This time, he succeeds in on the first run....
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- Yossarian, Bombardier Yossarian