The Yellow Birds

by

Kevin Powers

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Characterized by pride and arrogance, the colonel gives the soldiers a speech in which he seems more interested in glorifying the war and showing off for the news people and cameras than in honoring their individual sacrifice. He exemplifies the army’s lack of sincere interest in soldiers’ well-being and daily lives.
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The Colonel Character Timeline in The Yellow Birds

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Chapter 4: September 2004 – Al Tafar, Nineveh Province, Iraq
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The lieutenant then walks up to them and announces that the colonel is coming. The soldiers prepare their rifles to protect their building and, when the colonel... (full context)
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Bartle feels that the colonel is moved by pride and arrogance, as well as a lack of interest in the... (full context)
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...As the soldiers all reflect on the long walking they are about to do, the colonel explains that they will drop mortars in the orchard before the soldiers get there, and... (full context)
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As the colonel is leaving, Bartle hears him ask the reporter how the photos look. Murph then asks... (full context)