Deputy Sheriff Rob McGee is a competent, responsible man who generally fills in for Homer Cribus’s responsibilities. Capable of leadership in moments of danger and stress, he leads the search party that ultimately finds the bodies of the Detterick twins. He demonstrates his commitment to his job when he decides to investigate William Wharton’s potential involvement in the murder of the Detterick twins after talking with Paul Edgecombe. While he returns visibly distressed, convinced of Coffey’s innocence, his commitment to truth and justice nevertheless proves limited, as he reproaches Paul for seeking to uncover the truth. In the end, he proves complicit in supporting the racist legal system when he confirms that a black man’s case would never be reopened.
Robert McGee Character Timeline in The Green Mile
The timeline below shows where the character Robert McGee appears in The Green Mile. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 4
...of losing them to a violent psychopath. Frightened, the men reload their guns and Deputy McGee leads the group of stunned men onward, while still making sure that Klaus Detterick is... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 2
Part 6: Chapter 4
Part 6: Chapter 5
...be impossible to prove Coffey’s innocence, Janice suggests a variety of options. She says Deputy McGee could try to convince Sheriff Cribus, or that Paul himself could go, or that the... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 10
...at the execution, including Homer Cribus and Klaus and Marjorie Detterick—although, like Hal Moores, Deputy McGee is absent. As John and the guards walk toward the chair, Marjorie spits on the... (full context)