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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
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Mar 04, 2012

“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, by Philip K. Dick, seems to be a post modern critique on current day society. Dick uses various parallels to compare current world issues, with issues that he creates in his novel about a post- world war event that combines the existence of humans and androids. The human beings remaining on planet earth are the survivors from a World War, and androids are produced to populate the rest. Androids are depicted, as being almost perfect imitations of humans with one major flaw, lack of empathy. It seems that Philip K. Dick is eluding that the real humans, are a parallel to the current day generation that came before new advances in technology. This meaning that the humans in the novel would represent those who experienced life growing up without computers, telephones, etc. This could even be taken further and represent those who lived life before Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter. The androids would represent the people in current society, who have been experiencing life through the use of these technological advances. The androids’ lack of empathy, is a parallel to the lost connection that some current day generations have developed because of advances such as the internet. The personal aspect of communicating with one another has completely changed, and even talking on the phone with people now, makes them uncomfortable. Many people would prefer to send a text instead. Philip K. Dick also makes a parallel to modern society, using the yearning for material things. In the novel, animals were of the highest value. They would be equal to a car in our society. The more exotic the animal, the more social status claimed. Android animals are then brought into the equation, and are seen as a poor man’s material belongings. An android sheep would be equal to a cheap toyota, and a real ostrich, to an expensive ferrari. The main character, Deckard, yearns for a real animal, while stuck with his android sheep. This is also a parallel, of human yearning for contact with other living things. People use Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace to communicate with other living humans, not talk to a computer. The reason why this technology is so popular, is for this exact reason. The yearning for live contact is constant in everyday life. The novel also draws parallels into sexuality. The character cheats on his wife with an android woman that he finds very attractive. This is a comparison, to the use of pornography in modern society. The android woman, being the projection of a woman through a computer. It isn’t real, so is it adultery? I thought the book was very interesting, and found it fascinating that he predicted many of the issues in our new modern society. Facebook, myspace, twitter, cars, pornography, are all parallel to the android based society that Philip K. Dick created in the novel. “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” is a thoughtful critique on our current day society, and is relevant in many different areas. I consumed this post modern work of literature both in the entertainment spectrum, and the deeper meaning spectrum. Philip K. Dick does a fantastic job, combining the two, and giving a deep interpretation on the flaws of society, and human aspirations both socially, sexually, and materialistically. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and have taken many pauses throughout the book, to reevaluate how I live my life, and compare it to the way that characters act throughout the novel. “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” by Philip K. Dick, is an entertaining post modern novel, and thoughtful critique on current day society.

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