Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

by

Ben Fountain

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Symbols

Advil

Billy’s quest for Advil symbolizes the way that America fails to humanize its soldiers. For much of the novel, Billy is horrendously hung over and suffers from a splitting headache. Although he asks Josh

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The Texas Stadium

Early on, Billy observes that the Texas Stadium symbolizes American society. The stadium is filled with thousands of people, boasts of endless food joints and stores, and hosts a football game on a holiday (Thanksgiving)…

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The Jumbotron

The Jumbotron at the Texas Stadium is a very literal symbol of the Fantasy Industrial Complex. It deftly controls how people at the football game view and engage with the game, while also pummeling them…

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