Have you read "Catch 22"? What do think it's about ? Is it an allegory? Our anti-hero The hospital is Yossarian's home away from home and much more civilized than the war front. People die in hospitals, but they do so with more decorum. There is less screaming, and death is seldom a surprise. One of Yossarian's happiest Thanksgivings is spent in the Lowery Field hospital; it is so good that he considers spending every Thanksgiving in a hospital. But by the time the protagonist is in cadet training, at Santa Ana, California (1943), he is having an affair with his commanding officer's wife on Thanksgiving, still indulging in behavior atypical of a classic hero.