Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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Eldon Rosen Character Analysis

A powerful executive at the Rosen organization, a large business that manufactures androids. Eldon Rosen only appears in one scene of the novel, but his presence casts a shadow over the entire book. Rosen seems utterly indifferent when Rachael Rosen (who is supposedly his niece) discovers that she’s really an android—he has absolutely no sympathy for his company’s products. In this way, his behavior sets the tone for a dark, bleak novel in which, contrary to Wilbur Mercer’s wishes, nobody seems to have much empathy at all.

Eldon Rosen Quotes in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? quotes below are all either spoken by Eldon Rosen or refer to Eldon Rosen . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Ballantine Books edition of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? published in 1996.
Chapter 5 Quotes

To Eldon Rosen, who slumped morosely by the door of the room, he said, "Does she know?" Sometimes they didn't; false memories had been tried various times, generally in the mistaken idea that through them reactions to testing would be altered.
Eldon Rosen said, "No. We programmed her completely.”
“But I think toward the end she suspected." To the girl he said, "You guessed when he asked for one more try."
Pale, Rachael nodded fixedly.

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Eldon Rosen (speaker), Rachael Rosen
Related Symbols: The Voigt-Kampff Test
Page Number: 59
Explanation and Analysis:

Rick Deckard has just administered a Voigt-Kampff test for Rachael Rosen, and concluded that Rachael is an android. Surreally, Eldon Rosen, the president of the powerful Rosen Corporation, then chats with Rick about Rachael's identity as a robot--in front of Rachael herself.

In a split second, Eldon and Rick go from treating Rachel like an equal to suddenly treating her like an obedient pet. Discovering that you're an android, one would think, is just about the most traumatic event imaginable, and yet because she's not fully human, Rick and Eldon feel comfortable talking about her calmly and briskly, seemingly unconcerned with hurting her feelings. Their behavior, we should note, is alarmingly un-empathetic--despite the fact that Rick's only reason for deciding that Rachael is an android is her lack of empathy. Rick entirely alters the way he treats Rachael--he goes from being respectful to being cruel and dismissive--simply because of her score on a test.

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Eldon Rosen Character Timeline in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The timeline below shows where the character Eldon Rosen appears in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...explains that he could never afford one from the Rosen organization. Rachael introduces Rick to Eldon Rosen, her uncle, who runs the Rosen corporation. He’s a dapper, elderly man. (full context)
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...root out potential androids. Rachael asks Rick to give her the test. Rick, puzzled, agrees. Eldon tells Rick that Rachael is Rick’s first subject—a potential android. It’s up to Rick to... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...years old. After some time, Rick concludes, “you’re an android.” Rachael angrily denies this, and Eldon agrees with her. (full context)
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Rick talks to Eldon Rosen about his androids. Because of Eldon’s engineering, androids have become so advanced that it’s... (full context)
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Eldon tells Rick that he wants Rick’s help. He and Rachael offer Rick an owl—an especially... (full context)
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Rick walks out with Eldon and Rachael and abruptly asks Eldon if Rachael knows she’s an android. Eldon explains that... (full context)