Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

by

Ben Fountain

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Octavian Spurgeon Character Analysis

Octavian is one of the hulking Cowboys players that Billy meets when Bravo Squad tours the locker room. He's especially interested in finding out what kinds of weapons Billy uses in the Army, and he even suggests that the football players be allowed to spend a few weeks in Iraq and use the high-powered weapons to destroy the "Muslim freaks." When Billy suggests that Octavian join the Army if he wants to do that, Octavian insists he can't give up his salary and his fame.

Octavian Spurgeon Quotes in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk quotes below are all either spoken by Octavian Spurgeon or refer to Octavian Spurgeon. 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:
Fantasy vs. Reality in the Media Theme Icon
). 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 10 Quotes

"So whas it like? You know, like what it feel like?"

Billy swallows. The hard question. That's where he bleeds, exactly. Someday he'll have to build a church there, if he survives the war.

"It doesn't feel like anything. Not while it's happening."

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Octavian Spurgeon
Page Number: 176
Explanation and Analysis:
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Octavian Spurgeon Character Timeline in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The timeline below shows where the character Octavian Spurgeon appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
10. XXL
Fantasy vs. Reality in the Media Theme Icon
Class, Power, and Money Theme Icon
The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
Heroism and Humanity Theme Icon
When Billy gets to Octavian Spurgeon —a hulking black man with delicate cheekbones—Octavian greets Billy awkwardly. The player is silent for... (full context)
Fantasy vs. Reality in the Media Theme Icon
Class, Power, and Money Theme Icon
The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
Heroism and Humanity Theme Icon
Octavian Spurgeon summons Billy to his locker, where several other players are gathered. Octavian says that they'd... (full context)