The group’s chaplain, Tappman is a shy man who loves his wife and family, loves God, and wonders what exactly he is to do in the military. Although he is initially bullied by men like Cathcart, Korn, and Captain Black, Tappman decides that they cannot shake his faith or his commitment to helping his fellow officers to fly their missions safely and return home. The chaplain ends the novel encouraging Yossarian to flee.
Chaplain Tappman Quotes in Catch-22
The Catch-22 quotes below are all either spoken by Chaplain Tappman or refer to Chaplain Tappman. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Catch-22 published in 1996.).
Chapter 20 Quotes
What displeased Corporal Whitcomb most about the chaplain, apart from the fact that the chaplain believed in God, was his lack of initiative and aggressiveness.
Chapter 42 Quotes
Chaplain Tappman Character Timeline in Catch-22
The timeline below shows where the character Chaplain Tappman appears in Catch-22. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Texan
Chapter 9: Major Major Major Major
...on the Washington Irving plot. Major Major, however, escapes their detection. The CID men believe Tappman, whose name was forged by Yossarian on one document, might be the true culprit. (full context)
Chapter 19: Colonel Cathcart
Chapter 20: Corporal Whitcomb
Chapter 24: Milo
Chapter 25: The Chaplain
...into Whitcomb again, who in the interim has been promoted to sergeant by Cathcart. The chaplain doesn’t understand how this is possible; Whitcomb informs him that he, Whitcomb, gained Cathcart’s support... (full context)
Chapter 34: Thanksgiving
Chapter 36: The Cellar
...asked to provide a handwriting sample, but the CID officers claim this sample isn’t the chaplain’s handwriting, even though he has written it in front of them. They argue that the... (full context)
Chapter 41: Snowden
Chapter 42: Yossarian
...Yossarian is making a courageous choice, and gives him some money for the journey. The chaplain wishes Yossarian a bon voyage and continues to plan, aloud, how he’ll punch Captain Black,... (full context)