Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

by

Ben Fountain

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The Roadies Character Analysis

The roadies are the road crew who set up and tear down the stage at the Texas Stadium. They're a group of cantankerous men who have no time for people who are in their way, even the heroic Bravo Squad. They scuffle with Bravo right after the halftime show, and as Bravo heads for their limo after the game, the roadies attack with crowbars and pipes.

The Roadies Quotes in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk quotes below are all either spoken by The Roadies or refer to The Roadies. 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 14 Quotes

"Son, try to look at it this way. It's just another normal day in America."

Billy's heart melts a little at that son. The stage is disappearing around them like a mortally wounded ship beneath the waves.

"I don't think I even know what normal is anymore."

Related Characters: Billy Lynn (speaker), Sergeant Dime (speaker), Sykes, The Roadies
Page Number: 242
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Roadies Character Timeline in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The timeline below shows where the character The Roadies appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
14. If In the Future You Tell Me This Is Love, I Will Not Disappoint You
Class, Power, and Money Theme Icon
Heroism and Humanity Theme Icon
After the show, Bravo huddles backstage, apparently forgotten. Sykes cries as the roadies yell at Bravo to leave. Bravo doesn't leave and instead discusses having seen Beyoncé. Billy... (full context)
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The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
Heroism and Humanity Theme Icon
...are hurt and that the Bravos were left unattended after halftime. She shares that the roadies have made trouble before and almost beat up Lyle Lovett a few weeks ago. (full context)
18. The Proud Good-Bye
The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
Heroism and Humanity Theme Icon
...looks around for Faison and notices that the crowd is rippling. He shouts as the roadies burst out of the crowd. Next thing he knows, he's on the ground with something... (full context)
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The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
...hospital and seems to barely believe them when they say no—everyone is bleeding from the roadies' wrenches, pipes, and crowbars. Lodis asks if Major Mac will go to jail, but Dime... (full context)