The setting of the novel is of special significance

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The setting of the novel is of special significance. In reality, Pianosa is a tiny island in the  Mediterranean, a few miles south of Elba, between mainland Italy and Corsica. In the novel, it is  fictionally enlarged to include the location of Yossarian's 256th Squadron of the Army Air Forces in  World War II. Setting the tone early, Heller has Yossarian refer to the squadron as the "two to the  fighting eighth power." The squadron's assignment is to bomb enemy positions in Italy and eastern  France. Yossarian is a bombardier in the squadron. He occasionally seeks escape from the madness  and mortality of war by having himself admitted to the hospital, which, imperfect though it is,  becomes a symbol of refuge. Although the hospital is a haven, it  is  reflective of the military with its  emphasis on institutional routine and sometimes absurd formality.
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