Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


Philip K. Dick

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Symbols

The Mood Organ

In Dick’s vision of the future, people rely on a “mood organ” to feel emotions of any kind. The mood organ can be placed on various “settings,” each one of which corresponds to a different…

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The Empathy Box

The empathy box is a cornerstone of the religion of Mercerism, which, in the world of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, has millions of followers. Mercerists join together with each other by touching…

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The Toad

At the end of the novel, Rick Deckard discovers a toad crawling through the desert. Although Rick believes that the toad is alive, and therefore highly valuable, he discovers that it’s actually just a machine…

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World War Terminus

Long before the plot of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? begins, humanity launched a horrible world war with itself, during which much of the planet was destroyed, presumably by some kind of nuclear holocaust…

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The Voigt-Kampff Test

One of Dick’s most famous ideas in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is the Voigt-Kampff test, designed to root out closeted androids by testing their innate sense of empathy. The test presupposes that all…

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