The Yellow Birds

by

Kevin Powers

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Captain Anderson Character Analysis

The captain from the Criminal Investigation Division proves insensitive to Bartle’s current psychological state and condescending of any form of mental or physical weakness. According to Bartle, his cynicism about Bartle’s trial, which he knows does not necessarily defend the truth, reflects the army’s self-interested attitude, more concerned with protecting its own reputation than tending to individual soldiers’ needs.

Captain Anderson Quotes in The Yellow Birds

The The Yellow Birds quotes below are all either spoken by Captain Anderson or refer to Captain Anderson. 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 Little, Brown, and Company edition of The Yellow Birds published in 2012.
Chapter 9 Quotes

It probably wouldn’t matter what our level of culpability was. I was guilty of something, that much was certain, that much I could feel on a cellular level.

Page Number: 179
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Captain Anderson Character Timeline in The Yellow Birds

The timeline below shows where the character Captain Anderson appears in The Yellow Birds. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: August 2005 – Richmond, Virginia
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...she is worried about him and adds that she has been getting calls from a captain from the Criminal Investigation Division (C.I.D.). At these words, Bartle goes to his room and... (full context)
Chapter 9: November 2005 – Richmond, Virginia
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One snowy day, a captain arrives at Bartle’s apartment and Bartle feels ashamed to be seen in this unkempt, alcoholic... (full context)
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The captain then contemptuously calls Bartle cowardly for not knowing how to live in ordinary society anymore.... (full context)
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...although he does not fully agree that it was terribly wrong to write it. The captain then implies that they know Bartle is responsible for Murph’s death. Bartle says this isn’t... (full context)
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...that Sterling was more self-sacrificing and devoted to others than Bartle ever realized. When the captain announces that Sterling suffered an “accident,” Bartle understands that Sterling committed suicide. He concludes that... (full context)
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After the captain handcuffs Bartle, Bartle asks if he can take something with him, and he grabs the... (full context)