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The passage printed below is an extract from ?Catch-22? in which the author, Joseph Heller, wrote about the madness of war. The main character, Yossarian, is an officer in the American air force in World War 2. 1.Yossarian was determined to stay in the hospital forever rather than fly one more mission. He could relax in the hospital, since no one there expected him to do anything. All he was expected to do in the hospital was die or get better, and since he was perfectly all right, getting better was easy. Being in the hospital was better than being shot at over Italy or France. There were usually not nearly as many sick people inside the hospital as Yossarian saw outside the hospital. There was a much lower death rate inside the hospital than outside the hospital. Few people died unnecessarily. People knew a lot more about dying inside the hospital and made a neater, more orderly job of it. They couldn?t dominate Death inside the hospital but they certainly made her behave. They had taught her manners. There was none of that crude, ugly dying that was so common outside the hospital. They did not blow up in mid-air like Kraft, or freeze to death the way Snowden had frozen to death in the back of the plane. ...read more.

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?Now you get right into bed and stop making jokes.? ?I?m not making jokes. Anybody might be in there.? ?What are you talking about?? Nurse Cramer pleaded with him in a quavering voice. ?Maybe that?s where the dead man is.? ?What dead man?? ?I?ve got a dead man in my tent that nobody can throw out.? Nurse Cramer turned to Dunbar desperately for help. ?Make him stop saying things like that,? she begged. ?Maybe there?s no one inside,? Dunbar suggested helpfully. ?Maybe they just sent the bandages here for a joke.? She stepped away from Dunbar in alarm. ?You?re crazy,? she cried, glancing about imploringly. ?You?re both crazy.? 59.Nurse Cramer read her thermometer and discovered to her horror that the soldier in white was dead. A1. Look at lines 1-14. Explain why Yossarian chooses to stay in the hospital. [10] A2. Look at lines 15-39. What are Yossarian?s thoughts and feelings in these lines? Think about: ? his attitude to the hospital; ? his attitude to the soldier in white; ? his attitude to Nurse Cramer. [10] A3. Look at lines 40-59. Nurse Cramer is upset in these lines. How does the writer show that she is upset? Look at: ? what happens; ? the writer?s choice of words and phrases. [10] Answers: A1: Yossarian chose to stay in the hospital because he could relax there. ...read more.

Conclusion

A3: Nurse Cramer feels insulted by Yossarian when he asks about the soldier in white. The word ?hell? shows when he was aggressive when asking. The fact the writer uses the word ?indignantly? shows that the nurse was angry in her response to Yossarian. The fact that Yossarian was asking questions made Nurse Cramer upset because she didn?t know the answers. For example, the fact she doesn?t reassure Yossarian that someone was in the bandages shows that she was unsure herself. Nurse Cramer gets upset when Yossarian ignores her and carry?s talking about the soldier in white. The fact that the writer uses the quote ?quavering voice? after she tells Yossarian to stop making jokes indicates she feels intimidated and undermined. The fact she ?desperately turned to Dunbar for help? indicates she felt like she couldn?t control Yossarian. Nurse Cramer was upset with Dunbar for agreeing with Yossarian. This could indicate she felt Ganged up on. This lead to her feeling angry with Yossarian and Dunbar shown by the fact she calls them both crazy because they doubt that the soldier in white is really alive. The fact that the soldier in white had died could show she was upset with the Yossarian because he was right. The writer uses the word ?horror? to show how shocked Nurse Cramer was when she found out that the soldier in white had died. ...read more.

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