Monsters Since Creation Essay

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Sherly Herrera Monsters since Creation Society often molds individual’s minds, for instance, their beliefs, opinions, but most importantly, their fears. In, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick; we see the fear and lack of acceptance towards androids. Similarly in Stephen T. Asma’s “Hermaphrodites and Man-headed Oxen” hermaphrodites are depicted as monsters and drowned at birth. Although society as a whole feared these monsters, there were individuals who attempted to understand them as well. These individuals were either out casted by society as well, like J.R. Isidore a “special” but also referred to as a “chickenhead” because of his lack of knowledge in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Or simply found a scientific reasonable answer behind the “monsters” as Aristotle and Lucretius in “Hermaphrodites and Man-headed Oxen”. The depiction of androids and hermaphrodites as monsters in both literatures was fueled by fear and intimidation; both monsters lacked something all humans had, which led to society’s disapproval. Fear can come about because of intimidation, and in Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep it is apparent that society feared the androids because they feared these androids could easily pass as humans, however they lacked empathy resulting in reckless actions that humans opposed to androids would not do. The Nexus 6 unit androids pose a threat to earth because they can be mistaken as humans opposed to androids. Bounty hunter, Rick Deckard’s mission was to retire six androids which were disguised as humans living on earth although they escaped from mars. To identify these androids he had a specialized test to expose them, it was the Voigt-Kampff Empathy Test. On his journey to retiring the androids he encountered various androids, for instance Rachel Rosen, property of the Rosen Association.

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