Ubik - Faith As a Product

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Ubik written in 1969 by Author by Phlip K dick is a science fiction novel that explores the human relationship between death, god, faith, the afterlife and our own reality as we know it. The reader is pushed to question these topics from a most unlikely source, a mysterious product called Ubik. But what is Ubik? Ubik is many things but above all it is a metaphor for God. To prove this asertaition this essay will look at the authors use of epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter 1 through 16 and the difference between them and the 17th epigraph. Secondly it will examine the authors choice of the word Ubik and what it means. Finally It will talk about the theme of good vs evil. To begin with, in the novel Ubik each chapter starts with an Epigraph. In each epigraph Ubik is some different product. It one instance it is a sleeping aid “ Taken as directed, Ubik provides uninterrupted sleep with out morning after grogyness” (143). In another epigraph it is salad dressing. “ Wild new Ubik salad dressing, not Italian not French but and entirely new taste that is waking up the world” (35) But in the last epigraph Ubik is something much different. “I am Ubik. Before the universe was, I am. I made the suns. I made the worlds. I created the lives and the places they inhabit. I move them here. I put them there. They go as I say, they do as I tell them. I am the word and my name is never spoken, the name which no one knows. I am called Ubik, but that is not my name. I am. I shall always be” (215). This last epigraph is very similar to the bible verse John 1:1 “In the begning was the world…” That bible verse is one which talks directly about god and the creation. There can be no mistake that Philip K Dick is using Ubik as a metaphor for god. It is also important to note the choice to make Ubik a product. Each product is said to “save” your hair or help you

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