Although initially reassured to note that Murph and Bartle are becoming friends, Murph’s mother also proves deeply worried about her son’s fate in Iraq and forces Bartle to promise that he will protect Murph’s life. After Murph’s death, she proves neither vengeful nor forgiving, still too overcome by grief to accept her son’s death in a peaceful way.
Ladonna Murphy (Murph’s Mother) Quotes in The Yellow Birds
The The Yellow Birds quotes below are all either spoken by Ladonna Murphy (Murph’s Mother) or refer to Ladonna Murphy (Murph’s Mother). 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: 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.
Ladonna Murphy (Murph’s Mother) Character Timeline in The Yellow Birds
The timeline below shows where the character Ladonna Murphy (Murph’s Mother) appears in The Yellow Birds. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: December 2003 – Fort Dix, New Jersey
...friends. Although Bartle does not want to be responsible for Murph, he finds himself promising Mrs. Murphy to bring her son back to her. Later, Sterling, who has overheard this conversation, confronts... (full context)
Chapter 8: October 2004 – Al Tafar, Nineveh Province, Iraq
Chapter 9: November 2005 – Richmond, Virginia
...represents the entire army’s perspective. When the captain pulls out the letter that Bartle wrote Mrs. Murphy , Bartle concludes that he will accept whatever punishment he is given—for writing this letter,... (full context)
Chapter 10: October 2004 – Al Tafar, Nineveh Province, Iraq
...to decide. Bartle does not want to send such a destroyed body back home, where Murph’s mother would probably open the casket and see what happened to her son. Influenced by Bartle’s... (full context)
Chapter 11: April 2005 – Fort Knox, Kentucky