characters in Philip K. Dick's novels
are full of pathos mixed with the ludicrous,
sometimes having sex without a great deal of
pleasure or enjoyment. His style of writing
tends to be capricious with ideas and
alternatives, near-surrealistic scenes that
sometimes seem objectifications of neurosis.
The novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
was written in the late sixties at a time of an
emerging consciousness to many new themes
hitherto not given exposure: hallucinatory drugs
and schizoid-type states.
Other themes such as political intrigues
|experience. The subject and his fascination|
with Nazi Germany, in particular the Gestapo,
had a profound effect on him. The social
climate that he was experiencing, notable
American society in the late sixties: the
conflict in Vietnam, the Kennedy assination,
pop/hippy music and the 'love era', also had a
fundamental influence on his work. He not only
represents a general theme of man's inhumanity
and confusion, but a specific social background
representing the very same state of affairs.
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