Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep/Blade Runner Comparison

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Philip K Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, explores the fundamental concepts of spirituality and empathy and their necessity in the human experience. In the film adaption Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, however, the central idea of empathy is completely obliterated and the moral discovery of characters is entirely reshaped. This results in the severe alteration of meaning and arguably even the destruction of momentous philosophical ideas proposed by Dick. Moreover, Scott’s reshapes Dick’s dystopia and Deckard’s struggle against progressive dehumanization into a story of two men: one who is seeking meaning in his life and the other who because of their encounter gains a deeper understanding of who he is. The purposeful obliteration of Mercerism completely reforms Dick’s exploration of consumerism and spirituality and almost completely destroys his other main consideration involving real in comparison fake. Although the concept of mortality is present in Dick’s novel, in Scott’s adaptation, this concept along with the search for identity becomes the films governing The removal of Mercerism particularly alters meaning; it not only changes the way in which androids and humans are depicted but alters the evolution of Deckard’s character, completely eradicating his spiritual enlightenment. Instead, Roy Baty, takes on the role of the prodigal son, exemplifying an apparent superiority of consumerism or perhaps a simple loss of faith in humanity. However, in light of their many differences both adaptions pose a similarly foreboding question – can humanity be saved from itself? The real verses fake dichotomy is explored through the novel and is best expressed through the empathy box and Mercerism. The purposeful removal of Mercerism therefore abolishes this main consideration leaving room for Ridley Scott’s development of the key exploration of
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