Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Brave New World take place in dystopian futures. Technological advancements have been beneficial to society, but at the cost of the citizens’ humanity. In Do Androids Dream of electric Sheep?, Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter who kills Androids who have escaped from other world colonies. The Rosen Corporation creates the androids to mimic humans to a point where it is hard to distinguish between the two. In Brave New World, the World State is responsible for genetically engineering humans. These “humans” do not have any of the characteristics of a modern day human. Humans are emotional creatures. People in the World State lack all emotion, unlike in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, where the only distinguishing feature between humans and androids is human empathy. Technology is used to alter emotions in both dystopian worlds to a point where none of the people are genuine. In Brave New World, people are artificially created to be like machines that benefit society, whereas in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, both androids and humans have a presence and lack of humanity.

A person cannot be considered human if their thoughts are controlled by someone else. In Brave New World, children are conditioned to believe what the world state wants them to believe. A technological advancement, known as hypnopedia, can be used for moral teaching. During a child’s sleep, an incessant voice tells the child to follow behaviors that are beneficial to society. The hypnopedia, for example, can tell the world state motto, “Community, Identity, Stability” (Huxley 1). In Brave New World, a person no longer has free will because they are implanted with ideas on how to live. In Do androids Dream of Electri...

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...ere are devices that can create humanlike beings, ways for them to feel, and ways to alter their mood. Part of being a human is the ability to have emotions, but both societies have completely artificial emotions for humans and androids alike. People do not care for each other in the World State because technology prevents them having genuine emotions. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a human is defined as someone who has empathy. That is a trait that both humans and androids share. It is Dick’s view that humans and androids are essentially the same. The fact that the distinction between android is being blurred shows that humans are becoming more artificial. In the World State, the humans are decanted like a science experiment. People in Brave New World, have also become machine like. Since technology has mastered over nature, there are no natural humans.
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