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Unformatted text preview: Yossarian's squadron is bursting with odd individuals, causing some critics to complain that the characters are little more than embodiments of comic attributes. The quirks are certainly entertaining, but beneath the humor is an insistent theme of individuality in a military system that demands conformity. For the most part, Yossarian's comrades are individuals, not just fighting machines, and one of the strangest is his roommate, Orr. The exchange with Orr when Yossarian returns to his tent is another example of a classic comic routine based on responses that seem nonsensical (non sequiturs) but in fact are valid within the context of the routine. It also reveals Orr's playful nature and his pleasure in having his own little secrets. Looking at just the dialogue, we can see the comic rhythm of the piece: Orr: "When I was a kid, I used to walk around all day with crab apples in my cheeks. One in each Orr: "When I was a kid, I used to walk around all day with crab apples in my cheeks....
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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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