Blade Runner vs Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep

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Salvatore D’Angelo
English 101
Final Paper
December 6, 2010

The movie, “Blade Runner”, crucially defaces the concept of the character Rick Deckard in the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”. The novel depicts Rick as a person with definitive morals, motives, and intentions as a bounty hunter. In the novel, Rick struggles to be the most sufficient and successful bounty hunter on earth, in order to earn money and make better life for him self. The movie defaces this concept, by depicting Rick as miserable cop who only does his job because he is forced to. Throughout the novel, Rick’s enthusiasm is drained when he comes to a certain realization. He then aims for a higher meaning in life by trying to understand certain philosophies, as well as certain aspects of religion and humanity. In the novel, Rick has a wife, but decides to have mechanical romance with the android Rachel anyway. The novel depicts Rachel as a conniving android who manipulates Rick. The movie depicts Rachel as an empathetic android whom is implanted with false memories. The movie also leaves out many significant ethics that were presented in the novel. In the book, the concept of mercerism is highly exemplified and instilled in the society’s culture. In the movie this concept does not exist, leaving out an entire theme applied in the novel. The movie, also, does not emphasize the prominence of owning a real animal. The film merely demonstrates that fake animals do exist, but shows no significance otherwise. The most significant theme that was non-existent in the movie was the concept of war and human extinction. The novel depicts the world as a place that was war ridden and had just suffered a major catastrophe. The film shows the world as a place that has significantly advanced technology. The novel also presents the concept of a mood dialer, which is also non-existent in the film. The novel, also, presents the concept of an empathy box as a significant theme...
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