Midnight’s Children

Midnight’s Children


Salman Rushdie

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Brigadier R. E. Dyer Character Analysis

A European officer in the British Indian Army, and an actual historical figure, responsible for the massacre in Amritsar. Dyer orders a squad of fifty troops to open fire in the middle of a peaceful protest during Gandhi’s hartal, and Aadam Aziz is buried under a pile of dead bodies.
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Brigadier R. E. Dyer Character Timeline in Midnight’s Children

The timeline below shows where the character Brigadier R. E. Dyer appears in Midnight’s Children. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1: Mercurochrome
British Colonialism and Postcolonialism Theme Icon
Identity and Nationality Theme Icon
...need his help. He happens upon a peaceful protest, and his nose begins to itch. Brigadier R. E. Dyer arrives at the protest accompanied by fifty troops, and Aadam feels a sneeze forming. As... (full context)