In Philip K. Dick's world of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, life has become a precious commodity. But, the definition of what life entails has become very vague. A new hierarchal order has been set up to rank a particular life's value. Humans still reign supreme, at least in theory, but the exaltation and protection they place on an animal's existence in this futuristic society closely shadows, and even trumps, that of another human being. Far beneath animals, is a close race between "chickenheads"humans of less than average intelligence and virility and Androids , a completely organically made slave class, created for those humans "wise" enough to flee Earth. But on this futuristic Earth full of Human rebels who refused to leave,
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Humans gave them the basic components of existence: a body, a brain, intelligence, memories; and then left the rest of development up to chance, and by chance, "android nature" further evolved. They developed a desire for freedom and the ability to dream of a better life and a sense of curiosity. The androids' flights to Earth prove this. Luba Luft, the android opera singer, epitomizes this concept. While androids struggle for true contentment, many human beings are relying on artificial means of happiness, such as the mood organ. We actually catch Deckard thinking, "Most androids I've known have more vitality and desire to live than my wife." (page 94)
With the development of "android nature" came the fostering of android relationships. Toward humans there is resentment and, in the case of Isidor, superiority issues. They see themselves at least equal to humans, if not superior to, physically, intellectually, and morally. Their relationships with animals are vastly different. Instead of revering them, they instead are more curious about them. Pris' mutilation of the spider was not necessarily out of cruelty, but out of a sense of wonder, a yearning to discover something.
The most relatable characters in the book are androids. Phil Resch's, fervor for his job, love and concern for his pet squirrel and his fast-made friendship with Deckard for their common goal are most humanistic character facets in the