A comrade of Yossarian’s, Dunbar initially tries to prolong his life by seeking boredom (since time seems to go more slowly when you are bored). Dunbar eventually becomes disillusioned with the group’s bombing runs, especially after Cathcart demands they bomb an undefended village of civilians. Dunbar is later “disappeared” by military officials for his insubordination.
Dunbar Quotes in Catch-22
The Catch-22 quotes below are all either spoken by Dunbar or refer to Dunbar. 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 4 Quotes
Chapter 34 Quotes
“They’re going to disappear him.”
“They’re what? What does that mean?”
“I don’t know. I heard them talking behind a door.”
. . .
“It doesn’t make sense. it isn’t even good grammar. What the hell does it mean when they disappear someone?”
Dunbar Character Timeline in Catch-22
The timeline below shows where the character Dunbar appears in Catch-22. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Texan
Chapter 2: Clevinger
Chapter 4: Doc Daneeka
Chapter 7: McWatt
Chapter 10: Wintergreen
Chapter 12: Bologna
...Chief White Halfoat shows up, drunk, driving Captain Black’s jeep, and tells Yossarian, Nately, and Dunbar to hop in—they’re going to go for a ride in the rain. Nately keeps reminding... (full context)
Chapter 26: Aarfy
...recognize that Yossarian will survive the wound. Yossarian next wakes up in the hospital, where Dunbar is next to him, having taken the place of another wounded patient named A. Fortiori.... (full context)
Chapter 27: Nurse Duckett
...more, anxieties as the patients he is supposed to help. Yossarian recounts a dream that Dunbar had, about a fish, and the Major interrupts to complain about how lonely and difficult... (full context)
...dreams, and when Yossarian says his fish dream is a sex dream, and is actually Dunbar’s dream, Sanderson believes that Yossarian has invented an imaginary friend name Dunbar. This excites Sanderson.... (full context)
Chapter 29: Peckem
Chapter 30: Dunbar
Chapter 33: Nately’s Whore
Chapter 34: Thanksgiving
Chapter 38: Kid Sister
...to Piltchard, Wren, Cathcart, and Korn. Cathcart suggests they disappear Yossarian, as they did with Dunbar, but Korn argues, instead, that they should send him on rest leave to Rome. (full context)