The Martian

Dr. Irene Shields Character Analysis

As flight psyschologist for the Ares missions, Shields knows Watney and the other Ares 3 crew members relatively well. She appears several times on the Mark Watney Report to discuss the psychological impact of space travel and isolation. Late in the novel, Shields asks Watney to write letters to his crewmates in order to maintain his connection to life on earth.

Dr. Irene Shields Quotes in The Martian

The The Martian quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Irene Shields or refer to Dr. Irene Shields. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Science, Human Ingenuity, and the Fight to Survive Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Broadway Books edition of The Martian published in 2014.
Chapter 8 Quotes

“When facing death, people want to be heard. They don’t want to die alone. He might just want the MAV radio so he can talk to another soul before he dies. If he’s lost hope, he won’t care about survival. His only concern will be making it to the radio. After that, he’ll probably take an easier way out than starvation. The medical supplies of an Ares mission have enough morphine to be lethal.”

Related Characters: Dr. Irene Shields (speaker), Mark Watney, Cathy Warner
Page Number: 90
Explanation and Analysis:

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Dr. Irene Shields Character Timeline in The Martian

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Irene Shields appears in The Martian. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
Science, Human Ingenuity, and the Fight to Survive Theme Icon
Solitude and the Human Need for Connection Theme Icon
The Media Theme Icon
The Watney Report’s next guest is Dr. Irene Shields , flight psychologist for the Ares missions. She tells Cathy that Watney is intelligent, resourceful,... (full context)
Chapter 16
Solitude and the Human Need for Connection Theme Icon
The chapter opens with a message from Watney to Martinez. Dr. Shields has asked Watney to send personal messages to each crewmember in order to stay connected... (full context)