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Things have finally become intolerable for Yossarian and after Natelys death he refuses to fly any more combat missions This section plunges Yossarian into the deepest most surreal darkness in the novel--the night in Rome after the disappearance of Natelys whore and her sister is the most wrenching despairing scene in the book as Yossarian encounters example after example of abuse neglect ill use and oppression This scene culminates in the rape and murder of the maid by Aarfy which finally explodes the question of moral absolutes in war Yossarian outraged repeats the most inviolable of those absolutes--you cant kill another person--and is arrested for the meaningless crime of being in Rome without a pass while Aarfy receives an apology from the police Obviously war carries a requirement to kill other people with that fact in place every other natural and moral law is turned on its head and the climate is right for the old womans definition of Catch-22 Th ey can do anything we cant stop them from doing After the meltdown in Rome Yossarian is given a ticket home that comes with a terrible moral dilemma He can leave the war and go home to safety saving his own life as he has said he intended to do all along All he has to do is endorse Colonel Cathcart and Colonel Korn he has to like them and to accept the psychology of war enough to praise it in speeches At first he hesitantly agrees to this plan but after the final flashback to Snowdens death--during which we see the whole scene for the first time and learn Snowdens secret that man is matter--he finds it as intolerable as the thought of going on another combat mission Yossarian has taken Snowdens secret to heart and he realized that the impulse to live is the most important quality of a human being But the impulse to live is not simply a
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