Jason Dixon

Jason Dixon

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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… in the small town of Ebbing, Missouri. A middle-aged man, Jason still lives with his mother. His mother is a heavy influence on him, and Dixon wants to step out of her shadow so he can lead his own life.

Profession… police officer. Dixon had always wanted to become an officer, but he’s not athletic and was held back when he was training at the police academy. He’s working now as a cop under the direction of Chief Willoughby. There is generally not much going on in the small town in terms of crime, so Dixon sometimes just seeks trouble for no reason. He is not respected by his colleagues and has been accused as a racist given some previous incidents. 

Interests… watching TV and drinking. Dixon is a workaholic and spends most of his time on duty. Otherwise, he watches TV and then drinks himself to sleep.

Relationship Status… single. In a small town like Ebbing, everyone knows about Dixon and his reputation, limiting his dating options.

Challenge… handling the billboard situation that arose from Mildred Hayes, who is angry about an unsolved rape and murder case involving her daughter. Dixon is the first officer to come across the billboards once they are put up, and he is outraged. The read: “Located near a rarely used road, they read in three separate messages: “Raped While Dying”, “And Still No Arrests?”, and “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” He idolizes the Chief and wants to earn his respect. When he sees the attempt to damage the Chief’s reputation, Dixon loses it and threatens Welby, the man who rented the billboards. As public outrage grows, Dixon is by the Chief’s side as he tries to clear Willoughby’s name by any means necessary.

Personality… aggressive, sensitive, and stubborn. Dixon often lets his emotions cloud his judgement and impede his ability to carry out justice. Jason is flawed, but he believes he doesn’t deserve to get treated as disrespectfully as he does. Deep down, Dixon wants respect not only as a cop but as a man. He seeks the approval of the Chief and is genuinely hurt when his colleagues don’t take him seriously.

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