The Yellow Birds Topics for Discussion
Discuss the theme of war in Kevin Powers's novel, The Yellow Birds. What is war like in the novel? In what ways does it appear? How does war affect Bartle, in particular, in both Iraq and at home, in Virginia? Is war something Bartle can ever escape from? Why or why not?
Kevin Powers's novel The Yellow Bird details the experiences of American soldiers in the Iraq War. What motivates Bartle and the others to go and to fight? Is the decision to go and to fight something the characters regret? Why or why not?
Discuss the theme of friendship in Kevin Powers's novel, The Yellow Birds. Between whom does friendship primarily occur? What is this friendship like? Does Sterling appear to befriend Bartle and Murphy? Why or why not?
What do you think the significance of the title of Kevin Powers's novel The Yellow Birds is? Are Bartle...