Catch-22

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Yossarian manages to find a way out of this catch by deciding, at the novel’s end, to flee for Sweden. Thus he no longer has to fly missions, nor must he accept a deal, offered in unsavory fashion by Cathcart and Korn, allowing him to go home. By running to Sweden, Yossarian preserves his independence and leaves behind the military and its “catches.”
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Rome Symbol Timeline in Catch-22

The timeline below shows where the symbol Rome appears in Catch-22. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: Clevinger
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...foolhardy and dangerously low-flying pilot; and Nately, who is in love with a prostitute in Rome. The narrator states, without explanation, that a dead man also lives with Yossarian and Orr. (full context)
Chapter 3: Havermeyer
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...frustrated with the behavior of his bizarre tent-mate. Orr reminds Yossarian of a scene in Rome, when a naked prostitute beat Orr over the head with her shoe. Orr says he... (full context)
Chapter 4: Doc Daneeka
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...make money? And what man of brains makes money? Wintergreen, a man working in the Rome headquarters, answers “T. S. Eliot,” and General Peckem and Cargill, not knowing who Eliot is,... (full context)
Chapter 7: McWatt
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Nately, Dunbar, and others take Yossarian’s uneaten fruit and give it to prostitutes in Rome, who sell it to buy “cheap perfume and costume jewelry.” Milo is amazed by Yossarian’s... (full context)
Chapter 13: Major _____ de Coverley
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Major de Coverley did his “finest work” renting apartments in Rome, where he secured a whole floor of a building underneath a beautiful woman and her... (full context)
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Major de Coverley has only been wounded once, in a parade through Rome after the Allies seized the city. He was hit in the eye with a by... (full context)
Chapter 15: Piltchard & Wren
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...landing, but Orr is OK. Yossarian is exhausted and decides to hop a plane to Rome, for a rest-leave, in order to calm down. (full context)
Chapter 16: Luciana
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Yossarian meets Luciana at a bar in Rome, whisking her away from another Allied soldier. He dances with her, buys her a dinner... (full context)
Chapter 23: Nately’s Old Man
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Back in Rome, on rest leave, Nately has managed again to find his prostitute, the woman he loves,... (full context)
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...The old man recounts how he danced in the streets during the Nazi entrance into Rome, and danced again during the American entrance. It is revealed the old man fired the... (full context)
Chapter 26: Aarfy
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Nately is upset, on rest leave in Rome, that his prostitute doesn’t return his affections. In fact, she returns his money after a... (full context)
Chapter 28: Dobbs
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...the story of the woman who hit him in the head with a shoe in Rome, but Yossarian interrupts him. Yossarian begins thinking of all Orr’s skills—he is an incredible craftsman... (full context)
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...with the very small components of the stove, and the two talk of prostitutes in Rome—including Captain Black, who sleeps with Nately’s girl in order to anger Nately. Orr asks, again,... (full context)
Chapter 32: Yo-Yo’s Roomies
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...is a dead man at all. Yossarian becomes upset, finds Hungry Joe, and flies to Rome for another rest leave. (full context)
Chapter 33: Nately’s Whore
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Yossarian walks the streets of Rome; he misses Nurse Duckett and is upset he cannot find Luciana. He comes upon a... (full context)
Chapter 35: Milo the Militant
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...and if he’s sent home, he can no longer see his girlfriend, the prostitute in Rome. Yossarian can’t believe Nately wants to stay in the combat zone. (full context)
Chapter 38: Kid Sister
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...with Dunbar, but Korn argues, instead, that they should send him on rest leave to Rome. (full context)
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...Pianosa, they hide in wait for him and almost stab him on numerous occasions throughout Rome. Yossarian eventually escapes back to Pianosa, but does not know that Nately’s prostitute has hidden... (full context)
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...into Captain Black one day, when he (Yossarian) has decided once again to flee to Rome, and is walking through the camp backward while brandishing his pistol to make clear that... (full context)
Chapter 39: The Eternal City
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Yossarian is going to Rome AWOL (absent without leave), and Milo chastises him for this, saying Yossarian is not a... (full context)
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...one cared about the girl, and no one will ever discover the crime in lawless Rome. (full context)
Chapter 40: Catch-22
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...they have enough information against Yossarian to court-marshal him, especially after Yossarian went AWOL to Rome. But they would prefer that he left quietly. (full context)
Chapter 42: Yossarian
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...accept, Cathcart and Korn will initiate a court-martial against him for his going AWOL to Rome. Yossarian believes he could fight these charges, since an official report has been drawn up... (full context)