by Joseph Heller
Chocolate-covered cotton as a symbol of artifice and worthlessness
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
The fact that Milo covers his excess cotton with chocolate and tries to feed it to the men reveals his greed and need to get rid of financial liabilities. The chocolate here is utterly worthless, financially and nutritionally, and is masking something that is also utterly worthless. By extension, Milo and his capitalist greed become utterly worthless to the men.