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by Joseph Heller

Milo Minderbinder as a symbol of capitalism and greed

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Milo's enterprising skills and ability to speak persuasively allow him to make deals with almost anyone. He has a talent for keeping track of numerous orders and shipments in many different countries. His greed leads him to betray his own country, men, and duty to maximize profits. He has no qualms about attacking his own base with its airplanes or raising the price of mess hall food so that everyone must empty their wallets to eat. The fact that he has a position of rank in every country in which he trades might indicate that money is the only thing worshipped universally.

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