The Yellow Birds


Kevin Powers

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The American Bartender Character Analysis

At the American airport where Bartle waits for his plane back home to Virginia, a bartender shows admiration for Bartle’s participation in the war and utter contempt for the Iraqis. His simplistic vision of the war as a noble fight between good and evil is emblematic of many civilians’ attitudes, largely ignorant of soldiers’ actual experience.

The American Bartender Quotes in The Yellow Birds

The The Yellow Birds quotes below are all either spoken by The American Bartender or refer to The American Bartender. 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:
War, Violence, and Detachment Theme Icon
). 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 5 Quotes

I didn’t want to smile and say thanks. Didn’t want to pretend I’d done anything except survive.

Related Characters: John Bartle (speaker), The American Bartender
Related Symbols: The Yellow Ribbon
Page Number: 107
Explanation and Analysis:
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The American Bartender Character Timeline in The Yellow Birds

The timeline below shows where the character The American Bartender appears in The Yellow Birds. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: March 2005 – Richmond, Virginia
War, Violence, and Detachment Theme Icon
Companionship vs. Solitude Theme Icon
Bartle drinks a few beers and has a brief chat with the airport bartender , who tells him that he finds it a shame young people like Bartle have... (full context)