Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

March Hawey Character Analysis

March Hawey is an extremely rich old man whom Billy meets in Norm Oglesby's private suite. He later learns that Hawey is "Mr. Swift Boat," or one of the leading members of the organization Swift Vets and POWs for Truth, a group that worked to oppose John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004. Because of this, Dime later warns Billy that Hawey is a dangerous man with a great deal of power in the government. Despite the warning, Billy finds Hawey interesting, and Hawey is more than happy to talk to Billy about the business world.

March Hawey Quotes in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk quotes below are all either spoken by March Hawey or refer to March Hawey. 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 11 Quotes

Here at home everyone is so sure about the war. They talk in certainties, imperatives, absolutes, views that seem quite reasonable in the context. A kind of abyss separates the war over here from the war over there, and the trick, as Billy perceives it, is not to stumble when jumping from one side to the other.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, March Hawey
Page Number: 197
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Yes ma'am, proud, Bravo has achieved levels of proud that can move mountains and knock the moon out of phase, but why, please, do they play the national anthem before games anyway? The Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears, these are two privately owned, for-profit corporations [...]

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Norm Oglesby, March Hawey
Page Number: 207
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March Hawey Character Timeline in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The timeline below shows where the character March Hawey appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
11. This Is Everything There Is
Fantasy vs. Reality in the Media Theme Icon
Class, Power, and Money Theme Icon
An old man waves Billy over and introduces himself as March Hawey. Hawey immediately begins talking about viewing the footage on the news and even asks his... (full context)
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Class, Power, and Money Theme Icon
The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
Hawey asks Billy if he was scared, and Billy says that he was, but he didn't... (full context)
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Back in Norm's private box, Billy listens to Hawey say that he thinks it's bad to keep talking about terror on the news. One... (full context)
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Class, Power, and Money Theme Icon
The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
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...Albert about Billy's Medal, but he won't tell Billy why. Dime tells Billy that March Hawey is "Mr. Swift Boat," and Billy tries to not let on that he didn't know.... (full context)
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...on Faison and feels as though he's falling deeply in love with her. Suddenly, March Hawey joins Billy and asks Billy about dove hunting around Stovall. Billy knows nothing about dove... (full context)
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Hawey continues that business is like a puzzle with a thousand moving parts and tells Billy... (full context)
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After a moment, Hawey asks Billy to confirm that he was denied a Medal of Honor. Hawey mentions his... (full context)