Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Summary and Analysis: Chapter 16

Philip K. Dick

Summary and Analysis: Chapter 16

As he waits at the hotel for Rosen, Deckard reads the profiles of two of the remaining three androids. Roy Baty was posing as a pharmacist on Mars, and Deckard contemplates the androids’ difficult and laborious jobs on Mars as manual laborers for the humans and considers their illegal flight from the outpost as a probable attempt to achieve independence from their servile positions. Baty had also served as a leader of the escaped androids, organizing their flight and administering drugs that he believed would allow them to share in an experience similar to that of the empathy box. Deckard feels empathetic towards his attempt to share in an experience of which androids are mechanically incapable, but...

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