Angela Martin

Angela Martin

    The Office
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Character Analysis

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Living… in an apartment in Scranton, Pa., with several cats. Angela has always preferred cats as roommates, because you can’t dress up human roommates in cute outfits of your choosing. The walls of her apartment are lined with posters of infants posed as adults, a personal passion of hers.

Profession… head of accounting at the Scranton Branch of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Like her co-worker Dwight, Angela takes pride in being the office buzz-kill, keeping the others in line, mainly by looking down on them. At least she’s willing to have the close examination returned: “I actually look forward to performance reviews. I did the youth beauty pageant circuit. And I enjoyed that quite a bit. I really enjoy being judged. I believe I hold up very well to even severe scrutiny.”

Interests… cats and Christianity. Her desert island books are The Bible and The Purpose Driven Life, as well as the The Da Vinci Code – so she could burn it, for heat. After God, Angela’s devotion is reserved for her cats. And to hear her tell it, these aren’t just any cats: “I am proud to announce that there is a new addition to the Martin family. She’s hypoallergenic. She doesn’t struggle when you try to dress her. She’s a third-generation show cat. Her father was in ‘Meet the Parents.’ Needless to say, she was very, very expensive.”

Relationship Status… taken, secretly, through gritted teeth. Dwight has always been Angela’s kindred spirit in the office. Their romance is an on-going game with signals and codes, rules and boundaries. She loves him but refuses to let anyone know. She won’t let herself get too caught up in the rush. Whenever they take two steps forward, she makes sure to take one step back. Or three.

Challenge… not letting the office degenerate into a cesspool of perversion and filth. As head of the Party Planning Committee, she’s constantly having her authority challenged – people bringing unsanctioned hors d’oeuvres or napkins with “whorish” color schemes. Renegade clubs have been forming without her permission. She just squashed the Weight Loss Buddy Support Group. She found it superfluous.

Personality… uptight. Angela brings down harsh judgments on anyone who doesn’t live up to her standards of piousness – standards not even she lives up to. She dislikes excitement to the point of phobia and relishes in her dislike of her co-workers. Then again, if you happen to be a cat, Angela is a dream come true.


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