Mr. Pip

The “Redskin” Officer Character Analysis

An unnamed officer who leads a group of “redskins,” or soldiers of the Papua New Guinea Defense Force who occupy the island and fight the Bougainville Revolutionary Army and other native rebel forces resisting Papua New Guinea’s rule. Having been alerted to the shrine to Pip that Matilda made on the beach, this officer thinks that the town is hiding a rebel soldier by the same name. When nobody steps forward to hand over Pip, this soldier proves himself ruthless and unsympathetic by actually following up on his threats to burn the town’s belongings and, later, the residents’ homes. He eventually falls ill and exhibits an even more apathetic mentality. Matilda notes, “He was tired of being who he was: tired of his job, tired of this island, of us, and of the responsibility he carried.” It is with this mentality that he orders his men to kill Mr. Watts and Dolores, though not before allowing them to rape the latter and threatening to do the same to Matilda.
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The “Redskin” Officer Character Timeline in Mr. Pip

The timeline below shows where the character The “Redskin” Officer appears in Mr. Pip. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
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Convinced Pip was a rebel soldier the village was hiding, the “redskin” officer ordered his men to round up all of the town’s material possessions. Constructing a large... (full context)
Chapter 15
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When the “redskins” returned, the lead officer looked sick. He demanded medicine and was annoyed to learn that the village had none... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...forces emerged from the jungle with the drunken rebel as their prisoner. When the lead officer asked the drunk to identify Pip—who he still believed was a rebel fugitive the village... (full context)
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...the villagers looked at the ground in disgust and horror. “Look up,” barked the “redskin” officer. “Who saw this?” he asked them. “I saw it, sir,” Daniel said, happy to have... (full context)
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When the “redskin” officer discovered that Matilda was Dolores’s daughter, he had her taken to the huts, where a... (full context)