Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Mango Character Analysis

Mango is Bravo's nickname for Marc Montoya. He's Mexican-American and only a year or two older than Billy. Because of Mango's Mexican origins, he often gets teased about being an illegal alien, but Mango is able to shut these speculations down by his ability to list all the presidents and vice presidents of the United States. Mango is Billy's closest friend in the Army, and they both feel resigned to work dead-end jobs upon their release from the Army. Mango attracts Dime's wrath for announcing that football is boring, something that Dime uses to tease Mango even more about not being a real American.

Mango Quotes in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk quotes below are all either spoken by Mango or refer to Mango. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ecco edition of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk published in 2012.
Chapter 3 Quotes

It dawns on him that the Texas Stadium is basically a shithole. It's cold, gritty, drafty, dirty, in general possessed of all the charm of an industrial warehouse where people pee in the corners.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Norm Oglesby, Mango
Related Symbols: The Texas Stadium
Page Number: 28
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Their eyes skitz and quiver with the force of the moment, because here, finally, up close and personal, is the war made flesh, an actual point of contact after all the months and years of reading about the war, watching the war on TV, hearing the war flogged and flacked on talk radio.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Sergeant Dime, Mango
Page Number: 39
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"It was. I had to keep telling myself this is real, these are real American soldiers fighting for our freedom, this is not a movie. Oh God I was just so happy that day, I was relieved more than anything, like we were finally paying them back for nina leven. Now"—she pauses for a much-needed breath—"which one are you?"

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Sergeant Dime, Mango
Page Number: 44
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Chapter 7 Quotes

He glows, which isn't to say he's a handsome man but rather shimmers with high-wattage celebrity, and therein lies the problem, the brain struggles to match the media version to the actual man who looks taller than the preformed mental image, or maybe broader, older, pinker, younger, the two versions miscongrue in some crucial sense which makes it all a little unreal [...]

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Sergeant Dime, Norm Oglesby, Mango
Related Symbols: The Texas Stadium
Page Number: 110
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Chapter 12 Quotes

Somewhere along the way America became a giant mall with a country attached.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Faison, Mango
Related Symbols: The Texas Stadium
Page Number: 222
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Mango Character Timeline in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The timeline below shows where the character Mango appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. A Private in the Infantry
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...and Lodis debate what it would cost to purchase the seats, as Billy chats with Mango. Next to Mango is A-bort, then Holliday, Lodis, Sykes, Crack, Dime, Albert, and finally, Major... (full context)
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...to the sixth row of stadium seats and moves over to talk to Billy and Mango. Dime asks Billy his thoughts on Hilary Swank, and Billy expresses concern. Dime insists that... (full context)
3. It is Mostly in Your Head But We Have Cures for That
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Billy tells Mango that he's going to the restroom, and Mango suggests quietly that they go get beer.... (full context)
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...the crowd, Billy is impressed that most people are wearing Cowboys merchandise. When Billy and Mango finish their beers, they return to their seats. Mango burps loudly and it smells incriminatingly... (full context)
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Mango and Billy promptly buy more beers and then walk through the crowd. They wonder where... (full context)
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Billy gets a text from Kathryn asking if he's cold. Mango and Billy discuss the hot girls they danced with at a strip club last night.... (full context)
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Billy knows that Mango is also thinking about the war, and he remembers Kathryn telling him to keep being... (full context)
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Billy and Mango wander into a high-end shop selling Cowboys merchandise. They immediately begin laughing as they take... (full context)
4. The Human Response
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As Billy and Mango retake their seats, Albert is on the phone again negotiating how to get Hilary Swank... (full context)
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...if he managed to secure some Advil. Josh apologizes profusely and promises to get some. Mango teases Billy about still being hung over, but Billy thinks he feels horrible primarily about... (full context)
5. By Virtue of Which the Many Become the One
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In the hallway, Billy runs into Mango and a waiter. Both look suspicious, and Mango invites Billy to smoke marijuana with them.... (full context)
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Hector asks if Bravo is going to meet Destiny's Child, and Mango laments that nobody has told them anything—they don't even know if they'll get to meet... (full context)
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...others when they got him for free. They all decide that the Army sucks, but Mango remarks that life won't be much better when he gets out. (full context)
7. We Are All Americans Here
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...minutes later with crazed looks, insisting that they want to have sex with Norm's wife. Mango shows up as Billy primly calls the others rude and gross, and the others begin... (full context)
9. Jamie Lee Curtis Made a Shitty Movie
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...the next half hour unaware of his surroundings, and finally arrives at the football field. Mango declares that it's going to snow, and everyone else chatters about the movie. Apparently, Norm... (full context)
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Mango, Lodis, Sykes, Crack, and A-bort join in, and Bravo plays a loose version of tackle... (full context)
10. XXL
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...have jobs with contracts they can't break. The players laugh, and Billy turns to follow Mango out of the locker room. (full context)
11. This Is Everything There Is
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...Billy compliments the boy's name, gives him the ball, and walks away without looking back. Mango is shocked, but soon gives his ball to a passing child too. He notes that... (full context)
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Billy finally escapes the women and finds A-bort, Holliday, and Mango watching the field from seats at the front of the box. He joins them, ascertains... (full context)
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...snarls about there being alcohol in the Bravos' drinks, but Holliday interrupts to say that Mango thinks football is boring. Dime fixes Mango with an angry stare and nearly yells that... (full context)
12. Billy and Mango Are Out For a Walk
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Mango struggles to settle as Billy fields well wishes from citizens from his aisle seat. Billy... (full context)
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Billy tells Mango to come with him to meet his girlfriend. Mango is confused but happily follows. Billy... (full context)
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Security guards approach Billy and Mango and ask them to leave. Billy gives them a hard time, but the security guards... (full context)
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Billy's phone rings. He picks up A-bort's call and tells A-bort that he and Mango went for a walk. A-bort relays that Dime wants them back immediately, and after a... (full context)
15. Temporary Sanity
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As Lodis, Crack, and Mango tend to their injuries in the bathroom, everyone else calls home. Patty answers Billy's call... (full context)
16. Will Slay Vampires For Food
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Billy pulls his phone out and tells Mango he's in love. Mango laughs and agrees, noting that it's awful that Billy falls in... (full context)
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...soldiers coats. Crack assures her that they're too dumb to care about the weather, and Mango demonstrates how he can hit Lodis to make sure he's still alive. Though Lodis jumps,... (full context)
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...Cowboys fumble their next pass, the boojee lady and her friends get up to leave. Mango reminds her to take her snuggie, but she insists on leaving it with Lodis. The... (full context)
18. The Proud Good-Bye
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When Billy takes his seat again, he, Mango, A-bort, and Lodis discuss how rude Norm's attempted deal was. Josh passes out packets to... (full context)