History Literature / DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep

7th Feb '16 7:26:45 PM CassandraLeo
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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The book answers -- it's Weltschauung, the cultural framework each side exists in. Humans believe androids don't feel empathy, while androids believe empathy is the opiate of the masses. Dick stated he was inspired by reading the journals of Gestapo officers while researching ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'' and couldn't believe they were human because of the dehumanizing atrocities they carried out. Many of Deckard's rants deliberately echo Nazi paranoia about the supposed Jewish-Bolshevik menace, such as their callous atheism and lack of empathy, their desire to supplant the "authentic" human, and their inability to be part of the Aryan racial soul (Mercerism). But despite that, the book itself shows he's clearly full of it, as evidenced by Irmgard Batty empathizing with Isidore at the conclusion.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The book answers -- it's Weltschauung, Weltanschauung, the cultural framework each side exists in. Humans believe androids don't feel empathy, while androids believe empathy is the opiate of the masses. Dick stated he was inspired by reading the journals of Gestapo officers while researching ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'' and couldn't believe they were human because of the dehumanizing atrocities they carried out. Many of Deckard's rants deliberately echo Nazi paranoia about the supposed Jewish-Bolshevik menace, such as their callous atheism and lack of empathy, their desire to supplant the "authentic" human, and their inability to be part of the Aryan racial soul (Mercerism). But despite that, the book itself shows he's clearly full of it, as evidenced by Irmgard Batty empathizing with Isidore at the conclusion.
15th Nov '15 12:51:16 PM WarriorsGate
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Given Dick's sympathetic portrayal of androids elsewhere (cf. "The Electric Ant"), one interpretation of the book is that messed-up post-apocalyptic society itself alienates the androids to the point that they have no empathy.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Given Like many of Dick's sympathetic portrayal of androids elsewhere (cf. "The Electric Ant"), one interpretation books, it's an exploration of the Nazi mindset and the warped value system of people living inside a fascist society. But because of ''Film/BladeRunner'''s success, it's often the first Dick book is that messed-up post-apocalyptic society itself alienates the androids people pick up, and without a firm basis in Dick-ism, a reader might think Deckard's opinions are supposed to the point that they have no empathy.be taken at face value.



* DoAndroidsDream: The TropeNamer. [[spoiler:Androids ultimately ''do'' feel emotions, but are incapable of feeling empathy]].

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* DoAndroidsDream: The TropeNamer. [[spoiler:Androids ultimately ''do'' feel emotions, but are incapable and despite what human society says, at least one of feeling them demonstrates empathy]].



** Androids have no empathy. It's the only way to tell them apart from (''most'') real humans.

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** Androids Human society believes that androids have no empathy. It's empathy, and that empathy tests are the only way to tell them apart from (''most'') real humans.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The book answers -- it's Weltschauung, the cultural framework each side exists in. Dick stated he was inspired by reading the journals of Gestapo officers while researching ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'' and couldn't believe they were human because of the atrocities they carried out. Many of Deckard's rants deliberately echo Nazi paranoia about the Jewish-Bolshevik menace, such as their callous atheism and lack of empathy, their desire to supplant the "authentic" human, and their inability to be part of the Aryan racial soul (Mercerism). But despite that, the book itself shows he's clearly full of it, as evidenced by Irmgard Batty freaking out over Isidore's sorrow.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The book answers -- it's Weltschauung, the cultural framework each side exists in. Humans believe androids don't feel empathy, while androids believe empathy is the opiate of the masses. Dick stated he was inspired by reading the journals of Gestapo officers while researching ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'' and couldn't believe they were human because of the dehumanizing atrocities they carried out. Many of Deckard's rants deliberately echo Nazi paranoia about the supposed Jewish-Bolshevik menace, such as their callous atheism and lack of empathy, their desire to supplant the "authentic" human, and their inability to be part of the Aryan racial soul (Mercerism). But despite that, the book itself shows he's clearly full of it, as evidenced by Irmgard Batty freaking out over Isidore's sorrow.empathizing with Isidore at the conclusion.
15th Nov '15 12:23:50 PM WarriorsGate
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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Buster Friendly explicitly compares the empathy box to the tools Hitler used to come to power, i.e. the Aryan racial soul.



* UnbuiltTrope: Deconstructed the WhatMeasureIsANonHuman trope before ''Film/BladeRunner'' widely popularized it

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* UnbuiltTrope: Deconstructed the WhatMeasureIsANonHuman trope before ''Film/BladeRunner'' widely popularized itit.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The book answers -- it's empathy. Humans can feel for another's distress and act selflessly, while androids are incapable of doing so. Very little really separates Andies from sociopaths, who are incapable of feeling empathy for another living being. Deckard admits the only reason the Voight-Kampf test is effective is because of the assumption that ''all'' the human sociopaths are locked away in asylums. Just like real life sociopaths, the Andies have become masters of using charm and deception to manipulate other people's emotions for their own benefit. They also cannot comprehend the idea of a fictional character still being "real" to people or inspiring them. WordofGod states that Dick got the idea for the book because he couldn't believe the Nazis were human because of all the horrifying things they did to other people.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Despite Deckard's lengthy ranting about androids being incapable of empathy, Irmgard Batty clearly shows an emotional response to Isidore freaking out over the dead spider.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The book answers -- it's empathy. Humans can feel for another's distress and act selflessly, Weltschauung, the cultural framework each side exists in. Dick stated he was inspired by reading the journals of Gestapo officers while androids are incapable of doing so. Very little really separates Andies from sociopaths, who are incapable of feeling empathy for another living being. Deckard admits the only reason the Voight-Kampf test is effective is because of the assumption that ''all'' the human sociopaths are locked away in asylums. Just like real life sociopaths, the Andies have become masters of using charm researching ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'' and deception to manipulate other people's emotions for their own benefit. They also cannot comprehend the idea of a fictional character still being "real" to people or inspiring them. WordofGod states that Dick got the idea for the book because he couldn't believe the Nazis they were human because of all the horrifying things atrocities they did carried out. Many of Deckard's rants deliberately echo Nazi paranoia about the Jewish-Bolshevik menace, such as their callous atheism and lack of empathy, their desire to other people.supplant the "authentic" human, and their inability to be part of the Aryan racial soul (Mercerism). But despite that, the book itself shows he's clearly full of it, as evidenced by Irmgard Batty freaking out over Isidore's sorrow.
11th Jul '15 7:42:13 PM Lamiaceae
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* OldShame: At one point, [=PKD=] claimed he loathed the book. However, that didn't stop him from turning down a $400,000 paycheck if he wrote a quickie junior novelization to tie into the film.
19th Feb '15 4:36:20 PM WarriorsGate
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* AdaptationExpansion: From his novella, "The Little Black Box," which introduced Mercerism and empathy boxes.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Given Dick's sympathetic portrayal of androids elsewhere (cf. "The Electric Ant"), one interpretation of the book is that messed-up post-apocalyptic society itself alienates the androids to the point that they have no empathy.



* OldShame: At one point, [=PKD=] claimed he loathed the book. However, that didn't stop him from turning down a $400,000 paycheck if he wrote a quickie junior novelization to tie into the film.



* TitleDrop: A partial one comes when Rick ponders about the thought, philosophy and emotional capacity of the escaped androids, and what it would take for them to want to come to earth. In context, the dreaming actually refers to an android's capability to long for a better life.

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* TitleDrop: A partial one comes when Rick ponders about the thought, philosophy and emotional capacity of the escaped androids, and what it would take for them to want to come to earth. In context, The full title, however, postdates the dreaming actually refers manuscript; Dick wanted to an android's capability call it either ''Do Androids Dream?'' or ''The Electric Sheep''. It was his publisher who decided to long for a better life. mash them together.
5th Jan '15 4:15:48 PM nombretomado
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A 1968 novel by PhilipKDick about escaped androids trying to pass for humans in a dystopian future, and the people whose job it is to hunt them down. The book is notable for film fans as being the source material for ''Film/BladeRunner''.

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A 1968 novel by PhilipKDick Creator/PhilipKDick about escaped androids trying to pass for humans in a dystopian future, and the people whose job it is to hunt them down. The book is notable for film fans as being the source material for ''Film/BladeRunner''.



As in most PhilipKDick novels, the characters are all extremely confused about their identity and their surroundings. Some plot twists are overly obvious from the start, and although the novel never explicitly states why the characters don't notice them easily, it can be assumed that every person in the novel suffers from some level of fallout-related brain damage and detachment from reality. The result is a very dreamy, expressionistic story that has become one of Dick's most popular works.

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As in most PhilipKDick Creator/PhilipKDick novels, the characters are all extremely confused about their identity and their surroundings. Some plot twists are overly obvious from the start, and although the novel never explicitly states why the characters don't notice them easily, it can be assumed that every person in the novel suffers from some level of fallout-related brain damage and detachment from reality. The result is a very dreamy, expressionistic story that has become one of Dick's most popular works.
3rd Dec '14 3:04:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* LackOfEmpathy: The way to tell androids from (''most'') humans.

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* LackOfEmpathy: The LackOfEmpathy:
** Androids have no empathy. It's the only
way to tell androids them apart from (''most'') humans.real humans.
** Deckard notes that bounty hunters have to switch off their human empathy while on the job so that they can kill androids that are physically indistinguishable from humans except through precise, clinical tests. It's one of the many ways in which the line between humans and robots is blurred.



* TheSociopath:
** Androids have no empathy. It's the only way to tell them apart from real humans.
** Deckard notes that bounty hunters have to switch off their human empathy while on the job so that they can kill androids that are physically indistinguishable from humans except through precise, clinical tests. It's one of the many ways in which the line between humans and robots is blurred.
26th Nov '14 2:39:09 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* TheSociopath: Androids have no empathy. It's the only way to tell them apart from real humans. Deckard also notes that bounty hunters have to switch off their human empathy while on the job so that they can kill androids that are physically indistinguishable from humans except through precise, clinical tests. It's one of the many ways in which the line between humans and robots is blurred.
** [[spoiler:Phil Resch]]. So much so Deckard - and, implicitly, the reader - suspect him of being an android for a while.
*** [[spoiler: Except for when it comes to his pet squirrel Buffy, whom he loves and cares for.]]

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* TheSociopath: TheSociopath:
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Androids have no empathy. It's the only way to tell them apart from real humans.
**
Deckard also notes that bounty hunters have to switch off their human empathy while on the job so that they can kill androids that are physically indistinguishable from humans except through precise, clinical tests. It's one of the many ways in which the line between humans and robots is blurred.
** [[spoiler:Phil Resch]]. So much so Deckard - and, implicitly, the reader - suspect him of being an android for a while.
*** [[spoiler: Except for when it comes to his pet squirrel Buffy, whom he loves and cares for.]]
blurred.
26th Nov '14 2:38:03 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* DoAndroidsDream: The TropeNamer. [[spoiler:Although the book does break that when it turns out the robots really can't feel empathy and don't care about hurting innocent creatures, or even each other.]]
** Even then, the ending shows that [[spoiler: they can love, or be envious (as shown in Baty's despair at the death of his wife, and Rachael's murder of the goat)]], which at the very least proves that [[spoiler: they feel at least a variation of these emotions, or some alternative form of empathy]]. So even when they exhibit behaviour that backs up the idea that they have absolutely no empathy, there are implications that this may not be the case.
*** The book [[spoiler:explicitly rules out empathy]] as something androids are capable of, which is neither [[spoiler:an emotion]] nor [[spoiler:emotional attachment]]. It also explicitly demonstrates that androids can [[spoiler:feel emotions, have loyalties, and form relationships]] on their own. It's the [[spoiler:reflexive feeling of another's emotions or pain]] that is beyond them, which is why the Voight-Kampff android detection test will register as a false positive for humans who are [[spoiler:sociopaths]].

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* DoAndroidsDream: The TropeNamer. [[spoiler:Although the book does break that when it turns out the robots really can't [[spoiler:Androids ultimately ''do'' feel empathy and don't care about hurting innocent creatures, or even each other.]]
** Even then, the ending shows that [[spoiler: they can love, or be envious (as shown in Baty's despair at the death of his wife, and Rachael's murder of the goat)]], which at the very least proves that [[spoiler: they feel at least a variation of these
emotions, or some alternative form of empathy]]. So even when they exhibit behaviour that backs up the idea that they have absolutely no empathy, there but are implications that this may not be the case.
*** The book [[spoiler:explicitly rules out empathy]] as something androids are capable of, which is neither [[spoiler:an emotion]] nor [[spoiler:emotional attachment]]. It also explicitly demonstrates that androids can [[spoiler:feel emotions, have loyalties, and form relationships]] on their own. It's the [[spoiler:reflexive
incapable of feeling of another's emotions or pain]] that is beyond them, which is why the Voight-Kampff android detection test will register as a false positive for humans who are [[spoiler:sociopaths]].empathy]].
26th Nov '14 2:36:20 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ProtagonistAndFriends: An in-universe example in ''Buster Friendly and His Friendly Friends''
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