Monday, May 5, 2014

Kippletize Me Cap'n

Throughout the book Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep? I noticed that the words kipple was used. At first I thought it was just a made up term used to describe useless objects, things that no longer have any value the book describe this as a gum wrapper or a matchbook after you used the last match. I started to think that in the category of useless things Earth fell on the list. In the book Earth has become a place where very few living things grow and very few people live because of the terrible conditions. The only people left on the planet are some humans who are there by choice and many undesirables that must stay because they have no choice. They are not given the same chance to travel to the colonies on Mars. But kipple goes way beyond the description of the Earth too. “’There’s a First Law of Kipple,’ he said. ‘Kipple drives out nonkipple.’” (Dick 65). I started to think is this the same thing androids are doing on Earth? Is Kipple also meant to define the role of the android? It seems as if the androids are slowly taking over which wouldn’t be hard if there a very few living people left on the Earth. In the parallel police station Rick doesn’t know which people are real (if any are) and which ones are androids. Even the Chief officer Garland turns out to be an android. 

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