Empathy in Do Anrdoids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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Empathy is part of what makes us human. We have the ability to understand what others are feeling and thinking at any certain moment, and that in turn makes us more human. Androids and robots are supposedly unable to feel that empathy because it is something that can only be found within the human mind. In the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, the main character Rick Deckard deals with the question of whether or not androids have souls or feelings This is a huge part of the novel and really drives home the theme and questions asked. In the movie Blade Runner, which is the movie counterpart to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the plot has more to do with Deckard and Rachael’s relationship as well as Deckard retiring the androids. The movie completely does away with the empathy and souls of the androids. The main difference between Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Blade Runner is that while the novel emphasizes empathy and the android’s feelings, the film is more about Deckard finding and retiring androids.

In the novel, Rick Deckard makes a drastic change as a character. He grows and develops throughout the entire novel. In the film, Deckard basically stays the same from beginning to end. In the beginning of the novel, Deckard does not think much about hunting down and retiring androids, but by the end of the novel, he thinks “As Mercer said, I am required to do wrong. Everything I’ve done has been wrong from the start” (Dick 226). Deckard believes that him retiring androids is wrong, but in the film he shows no regret. In the novel, Deckard also wonders “Do androids dream? Evidently; that’s why they occasionally kill their employers and flee here. A better life, without servitude” (Dick 184). Deckard wondering this means that he is beginning to look at the androids as having feelings, as being able to dream and hope.

Another empathetic outlet for humans in the novel is owning animals and taking care...
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