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Unformatted text preview: The theme of friendship, tempered with romance, dominates these chapters. With Heller, we can expect neither to be presented in conventional ways. Yossarian is often an admirable character, but he is certainly no "hero" and would not want to be one. However, his attitude toward women is especially bothersome. He is a womanizer with an oddly romantic bent, falling in love with almost everyone he beds but treating women primarily as sexual objects. When he arrives in Rome, for example, he misses "Nurse Duckett so much that he [goes] searching hungrily through the streets for Luciana, whose laugh and invisible scar" he has never forgotten. Not finding her, he hopes to run across the "boozy, blowzy, bleary-eyed floozy" whom he saw at the officers' club on a previous visit (Chapter 16). He is "deeply in love" with all three women. Having searched for the latter two in vain, he has meaningless sex with a streetwalker and, the next...
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