by Joseph Heller
Major Major as a symbol of loneliness and alienation
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Through no fault of his own, Major Major is constantly harassed and avoided for his strange name, virtue, and unnerving sincerity. Though he tries hard to fit in and make friends, Major Major is shunned by almost everyone. It gets so bad that Major Major comes to embrace his solitude rather than suffer the embarrassment of associating with the other men.