The Shack

by

William P. Young

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Missy Character Analysis

Missy, Nan and Mack’s youngest child, is a lively six-year-old girl who enjoys asking questions and spending time with her family. She is fascinated by stories of sacrifice like those of Jesus and that of the Multnomah princess, a Native American who sacrificed herself by jumping off of a waterfall in order to save her tribe. When Missy is kidnapped and murdered during a camping trip, it sends Mack into depression and a crisis of faith.

Missy Quotes in The Shack

The The Shack quotes below are all either spoken by Missy or refer to Missy. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Windblown Media edition of The Shack published in 2007.
Chapter 2 Quotes

“Sweetheart, Jesus didn’t think his Daddy was mean. He thought his Daddy was full of love and loved him very much. His Daddy didn’t make him die. Jesus chose to die because he and his Daddy love you and me and everyone in the world. He saved us from our sickness, like the princess.”

Related Characters: Mackenzie Allen Phillips (speaker), Papa/Elousia, Jesus, Missy
Related Symbols: Waterfalls
Page Number: 33
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Chapter 4 Quotes

As he walked between tents and trailers, he was praying and promising. He knew in his heart that promising things to God was rather dumb and irrational, but he couldn’t help it. He was desperate to get Missy back, and surely God knew where she was.

Related Characters: Willie (speaker), Mackenzie Allen Phillips, Missy
Page Number: 48
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Turning his eyes heavenward, he began screaming his anguished questions. “Why? Why did you let this happen? Why did you bring me here? Of all places to meet you—why here? Wasn’t it enough to kill my baby? Do you have to toy with me too?”

Related Characters: Mackenzie Allen Phillips (speaker), Willie (speaker), Missy
Page Number: 80
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Chapter 6 Quotes

“If you couldn’t take care of Missy, how can I trust you to take care of me?” There, he’d said it—the question that had tormented him every day of The Great Sadness. Mack felt his face flush angry red as he stared at what he now considered to be some odd characterization of God, and he realized his hands were knotted into fists.

Related Characters: Mackenzie Allen Phillips (speaker), Papa/Elousia, Missy
Page Number: 94
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Chapter 8 Quotes

He let out a deep, heavy sigh. And if God was really here, why hadn’t he taken his nightmares away?

Related Characters: Willie (speaker), Mackenzie Allen Phillips, Missy
Page Number: 119
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Chapter 16 Quotes

“Forgiveness is first for you, the forgiver,” answered Papa, “to release you from something that will eat you alive, that will destroy your joy and your ability to love fully and openly. Do you think this man cares about the pain and torment you have gone through?”

Related Characters: Papa/Elousia (speaker), Mackenzie Allen Phillips, Missy
Page Number: 227
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Chapter 18 Quotes

Mack interrupted with a hand on her arm. “That’s what I’m trying to tell you, honey. It wasn’t your fault.” Kate sobbed as her father’s words penetrated her war-ravaged heart. “But I’ve always thought it was my fault.”

Related Characters: Mackenzie Allen Phillips (speaker), Kate (speaker), Sarayu, Missy
Page Number: 246
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Missy Character Timeline in The Shack

The timeline below shows where the character Missy appears in The Shack. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Gathering Dark
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...name he uses to refer to the overwhelming despair he has felt since the summer Missy vanished. The heavy weight of The Great Sadness follows Mack no matter what he does,... (full context)
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The narrator shares the story of Missy’s disappearance. The story of Missy’s disappearance began when Mack takes Missy, his youngest daughter, and... (full context)
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On the way, the family stops at Multnomah Falls and Missy asks Mack to tell her favorite story, about a princess of the Multnomah Native American... (full context)
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...stargazing together. Mack prays with Josh and goes to do the same with Kate and Missy, but instead Missy is perturbed and asks some questions about the story from earlier. She... (full context)
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Just as Mack thinks his daughters have fallen asleep, Missy asks if God will ever ask her to jump off a cliff. The question fills... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Tipping Point
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...Madisons, a Canadian couple. Together, they take a tram up to a mountain lookout. Carrying Missy on the way back, Mack wonders why his kids have to grow up. (full context)
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...Kate and Josh go to play in the Ducette’s canoe one last time, Mack watches Missy coloring at the table. (full context)
Chapter 4: The Great Sadness
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As Mack catches his breath, he suddenly remembers Missy had been up at the campsite coloring. But when he goes to find her, she... (full context)
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...a ladybug pin sticking out of the book, which he is sure doesn’t belong to Missy. Officer Tommy Dalton phones the FBI field office in Portland, where an Officer asks him... (full context)
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...can. Everyone parts tearfully. They feel shaken and bonded by the shared traumatic experience of Missy’s disappearance and promise to pray for her return. (full context)
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...seen anyone suspicious or had noticed a truck matching the description of the one that Missy was spotted in. Feeling helpless, Mack says he hadn’t noticed anything. (full context)
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...horror of crimes against them. Setting out with Tommy, Mack prays to God to keep Missy safe. (full context)
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...Kate, who has retreated behind a wall, and Mack, who blames himself for the tragedy. Missy’s body has never been recovered, but she is presumed dead. Mack feels a growing sense... (full context)
Chapter 5: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
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Unsure if the note is from God, a prankster, or even Missy’s killer, Mack nonetheless finds that he can’t stop thinking about it and decides to make... (full context)
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...God. That’s in part because he’s desperate: he worries that he’s losing Kate, and that Missy’s death was punishment for what he did to his father. (full context)
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...few years before, trying not to think of the previous visit to Multnomah falls and Missy’s disappearance. He feels as if he is driving straight into the heart of The Great... (full context)
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...does a compulsion to push onwards. Shakily, he grabs the gun and a picture of Missy, thinking that at least if he dies those who find him will know he was... (full context)
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...and destroying the furniture, asking why God would bring him there and why he allowed Missy to die. He yells “I hate you!” and, touching the bloodstain, apologizes over and over... (full context)
Chapter 6: A Piece of [Pi]
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...he can trust her to take care of him if she couldn’t take care of Missy. She begins to cry, saying she is especially fond of Missy, and wants to fix... (full context)
Chapter 7: God on the Dock
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...Jesus gives Mack a hug, and Mack feels momentarily wonderful before remembering his guilt about Missy and The Great Sadness threatens to return. Jesus assures him that he is not lost,... (full context)
Chapter 8: A Breakfast of Champions
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...the beauty of creation until he is suddenly dragged down in the mud and sees Missy screaming for help. He awakes with a gasp. As the images fade, the feelings from... (full context)
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...do that given all the pain and destruction in the world, including the death of Missy. Papa says there are many reasons to allow pain and suffering, and those ends make... (full context)
Chapter 9: A Long Time Ago, in a Garden Far, Far Away
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...things—like cancer or murder or loss of income—may be good. Sarayu says that children like Missy do not have a right to be protected, rather they are simply loved. Rights do... (full context)
Chapter 11: Here Come Da Judge
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...Mack loves his children the way the Father loves his, Mack bristles, saying that if Missy is one of God’s children, God doesn’t love his children very well. The woman grows... (full context)
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...the greedy or those who beat their wives or children, or the man who killed Missy. (full context)
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At that, Mack’s anger breaks through, and he says Missy’s killer should be damned to hell. The olive-skinned woman asks about that man’s father, who... (full context)
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...back in the chair. But Mack says he still doesn’t understand how Papa could love Missy and let her murder happen. The olive-skinned woman says that the world is severely broken... (full context)
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...his children playing near where a stream flows into the lake—all of his children, including Missy. Missy runs over to the rock face. The olive-skinned woman says Missy knows Mack is... (full context)
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Mack says he still feels like it’s his fault that Missy was taken, but the olive-skinned woman says that no one else believes that, and even... (full context)
Chapter 12: In the Belly of the Beasts
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...lake, he realizes that The Great Sadness is no longer a part of him—after all, Missy would not want it to be. He meets up with Jesus, who is skipping stones.... (full context)
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Mack says he can’t stop thinking about Missy alone and terrified in the truck. Jesus stops him and says Missy was never alone—he,... (full context)
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...Jesus says he, Sarayu, and Papa have been trying to show Mack the truth about Missy for a long time, but he wasn’t ready to receive it. (full context)
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When they reach the dock on the opposite shore, Mack asks if he was seeing Missy in heaven, even though it didn’t resemble the pearly gates and gold-plated heaven he had... (full context)
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...to his workshop, with a final word to Mack, telling him that letting Mack see Missy earlier was Papa’s idea. Mack goes into the shack to try to find her. (full context)
Chapter 13: A Meeting of Hearts
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...being so hard on Papa in the past. He thanks Papa for letting him see Missy, recalling the thought of his princess behind the waterfall. Reminded of the Multnomah legend, Mack... (full context)
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Mack says he feels lighter with the knowledge that Missy didn’t die for his sake, as well as realizing that he had been judging God... (full context)
Chapter 16: A Morning of Sorrows
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...he still has so many questions. One lingering question is how Papa could have allowed Missy to die. Papa explains that he could have averted Missy’s death by never creating life... (full context)
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...heart. Knowing what Papa means, Mack begins to cry, asking how he can ever forgive Missy’s killer. He wants justice, or at least revenge. But Papa says Mack must forgive the... (full context)
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...Papa says they still have more to do. He says they are going to bring Missy home. Mack begins to cry again, thanking Papa and apologizing for crying. Papa says not... (full context)
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...sheet. Mack realizes the purpose of Sarayu’s gift, and unwraps the scented mat. Papa wraps Missy’s body inside, and they exit the cave as Mack says “I forgive you” under his... (full context)
Chapter 17: Choices of The Heart
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...where he shows him a beautifully wrought coffin. It is intricately carved with scenes from Missy’s life, showing her with each of her family members and enjoying her favorite activities. Jesus... (full context)
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...or he can return to his family and friends. If he stays, he will see Missy that afternoon. But, Papa says, Missy is in a place beyond impatience and will also... (full context)
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...more gift for Mack. She tells him that Kate believes she is to blame for Missy’s death. Suddenly, it all makes sense to Mack. He can’t believe he didn’t realize that... (full context)
Chapter 18: Outbound Ripples
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...alone, on Mack’s request. Holding Kate’s hand from his hospital bed, Mack tells Kate that Missy’s death was not her fault and that no one blames her for what happened. Sobbing,... (full context)
After Words
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...living the childhood he never got to experience. Furthermore, Mack is hoping to speak with Missy’s killer at some point. (full context)