Summary: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep In Philip K. Dicks Novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the humans and animal population on earth have suffered great losses due to World War Terminus. As a result of the minimal animals left, the humans remaining have placed high importance on the ownership of animals and have made them a sign of wealth rather than merely a means of food. Although it seems as though the humans care for the animals and have empathy towards them, Dick displays that the humans only care for them to satisfy the owners desire to own a real animal instead of a synthetic one, placing them higher in status. Rick hates his electric sheep because he feels it cannot have love for him although he cares for it and often is greedy for a real animal like his neighbor’s who he reveres as wealthy. Dick shows that while humans actually do value and care for their animal, it is not for the animal itself but rather for their placement…show more content…
It is clear that humans don’t care about the individual animal itself when Deckard tells Barbour of his old real sheep that had to be replaced by an electric one. Barbour tells rick that he wont tell anyone that rick in fact has an electric animal because they will look down on him. “…. Not all of them, but some. You know how people are about not taking care of an animal, they consider it immoral and anti-empathetic” (pg 13) Rick replies with how he really wants to have a real animal once again but his economic standpoint wont allow it at the moment. This example shows how the individual animal is not of importance to the human, but rather the simple ownership of an animal is the only important part. Thus owning an animal allows the human to fit in with the social norms, proving that the animal is only valued for its social
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