In the “Penal Colony”, the character put on by the officer reminds me of a obsessed madman. The officer was obsessed with the death apparatus at the penal colony which makes him a “bad guy”, in my opinion. For someone to actually get “excited” about death is pure evil. He is an obsessed man gone mad. He tries and tries to convince the Traveller of the death apparatus and win him over as well proves him to be a pitiable man. He says to the Traveller, “The matter stands like this. Here in the penal colony I have been appointed judge. In spite of my youth. For I stood at the side of our previous Commandant in all matters of punishment, and I also know the most about the apparatus. The basic principle I use for my decisions is this: Guilt is always beyond a doubt.” With this quote, he tries to explain to the Traveller that though he is young, he is on top and knows the most. He feels as if no one knows the apparatus as he does and that guilt is more than just a gut feeling–it is usually your conscience.
By explaining this to the Traveller, he tries to get off the subject of the apparatus and win his side of agreement. The Officer’s character displays his obsession with the apparatus and shows he is a “good guy” gone crazy–a madman. At the end, I somewhat feel sorry for him for not realizing his obsessive, deranged ways over th apparatus.