For unknown reasons, Major Mac is assigned to accompany Bravo Squad on the Victory Tour. Apparently, on Major Mac's first day in Iraq, he suffered injuries that permanently damaged his hearing. Because he's almost fully deaf, Bravo Squad gives him a great deal of grief and says things to him and around him that exploit the fact that he cannot hear well or at all. His experience in Iraq also affected his mental health, and Bravo guesses that Major Mac is mentally checked out more than half the time—they talk often about his "thousand mile Prozac stare." When Major Mac defuses an altercation involving a gun, however, Sergeant Dime terms Major Mac a national hero.
Major "Mac" McLaurin Character Timeline in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
The timeline below shows where the character Major "Mac" McLaurin appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. The Thing Begins
...accuses Billy of checking out. When Billy offers a satisfactory reply, Dime says offhandedly that Major Mac is gay. Another soldier, Holliday, takes offense, but Major Mac says nothing. Dime laughs and... (full context)
2. A Private in the Infantry
...Mango. Next to Mango is A-bort, then Holliday, Lodis, Sykes, Crack, Dime, Albert, and finally, Major Mac . Billy looks at the sky through the open dome and thinks that though it's... (full context)
3. It is Mostly in Your Head But We Have Cures for That
...incriminatingly of beer. Dime turns angrily to Mango, and Billy innocently asks what happened to Major Mac . Bravo erupts in laughter, and Dime sends Billy and Mango to go find Major... (full context)
...that it's a truly disgusting place. Mango and Billy decide to abandon their search for Major Mac and return to their seats after buying pizza. Billy thinks about the fact that he's... (full context)
4. The Human Response
16. Will Slay Vampires For Food
18. The Proud Good-Bye