Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? Essay

2238 Words Dec 12th, 2016 9 Pages
The essence and understanding of consciousness and individuality are frequently explored through the use of character isolation in the book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Through the deep self analyzation and isolated state of mind of Rick Decker, the main character of the story, the concept of the individual and identity are achieved but not necessarily defined. The hierarchy found between humans and androids in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? shows the division found often in various societies, and common assimilating behavior of individuals to form or be a member of a group. As demonstrated in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, society places higher value on the assimilating mind in order to preserve a hierarchy of social structures and maintain the heightened power and social status of humans over androids.
In the story, several of the constant themes present are the ideas of both the collective and the individual. On Earth in 2050, the collective of humanity strives to band together in order to survive the destruction created by the previous world. Normalization in the story is used to highlight the various demonstrations of divergent or individual thinking. Rick Decker realizes in his mind that his job is a perfect reflection of what is wrong in the current society. “You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition to life, to be required to violate your own identity,” (Dick). Rick Decker realizes that the actions…

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