Dwight Schrute

Dwight Schrute

    The Office
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… in the same nine-bedroom, one-bathroom home on a beet farm in Lackawanna County, Pa., in which he was raised. He learned a lot of valuable lessons on the farm, such as seeing animals having sex in every position and combination imaginable.

Profession… he’s currently the Assistant to the Regional Manager at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton. Dwight takes his job extremely seriously – in fact he’s always claiming that he’s the “Assistant Regional Manager” rather than the Assistant to the Regional Manager – and takes pride in giving his client’s “the human touch.”

Interests… beet farming, self-defense, and law enforcement. He pursues these interests with a vengeance. For instance: “As a volunteer Sheriff’s Deputy I’ve been doing surveillance for years. One time I suspected an ex-girlfriend of mine of cheating on me, so I tailed her for six nights straight. Turns out… she was. With a couple of guys actually, so… mystery solved.”

Relationship Status… newly single. He and his latest girlfriend recently broke up, so Dwight will have a chance to sow his wild oats. In the Schrute family, of course, that expression is quite literal. When a male Schrute has sex with a woman, he is rewarded with a bag of oats on his doorstep, which he can do with as he wishes. Still, judging by history, it’s only a matter of time before Dwight ends up back in the arms of co-worker and former flame Angela, even if they have to keep it a secret.

Challenge… rising up the company ranks while somehow demoting co-worker Jim Halpert. Dwight refuses to have his stapler put in Jell-O again. It wasn’t funny the first three times Jim did it. Sometimes people take advantage of the relaxed work environment and Dwight’s easy-going nature.

Personality… ambitious, cutthroat, a bit clueless, and geeky. The only thing Dwight values more than Dunder Mifflin’s success is his own success – by any means necessary. As he once said, “Would I ever leave this company? Look, I’m all about loyalty. In fact, I feel like part of what I’m being paid for here is my loyalty. But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly… I’m going wherever they value loyalty the most.”


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