The Yellow Birds: A Novel Themes

Kevin Powers
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War is the single most dominant and overarching theme contained in Kevin Powers's novel, The Yellow Birds. War touches every single aspect of the book, and touches every single character in the book in some way. It is a constant presence, even after Bartle returns home from the physical war itself.

In the most obvious way, Bartle, Murphy, Sterling, and the others are all involved in the Iraq War. They are all volunteers, all young men who have gone off to fight for their country. They are all bound together by the war, and by their unit's involvement in the war. The war itself is devastating, claiming the lives of soldiers, insurgents, and civilians alike. An untold amount of property is destroyed, crops and orchards are pummeled, and the infrastructure of the area is horribly impacted by insurgent attacks, such as when the market section is bombarded by...

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