Class Notes – 3/6/14

Approaching Criticism

— Emerson — we read to start our own teams

Do Androids Dream

— Human/Machine –


living, organic, flesh and blood, feelings, irrational, conscience, compassionate, skilled, spontaneous, greedy, reproductive, self-healing/repairing


fabricated, artificial, cold, indifferent, mechanical, logical, rational, dispassionate, binary, slaves, predictable, calculated, man-made, assembled

compare moments when a robot “dies” in Androids

— these moments might show us something interesting about how the novel portrays robot sentience, human relationships to robots, and the blurred lines between humans and robots

choose a theme or repeated element to explore — ie., moments when a robot is shot in Androids — and we assemble the evidence — get all of those moments together in front of us, and then compare them

notice similarities and differences

— look at whole scene — person pulling trigger, too

speculate on why you think that is so and what the differences and similarities mean

cf. androids from CS to Androids

why in both books are there new, advanced robotic models —

as robots become more advanced they will effect our society’

1. Moments where androids are killed

2. Moments where the Voigt-Kampf test is administered 

3. Moments that involve animals

4. Moments involving Mercer/Mercerism

5. Moments where people question their own identity 

6. Moments of interaction (or discussions of interaction) between human males and android females

7. Moments in which the main character reflects and becomes merciful

8. Moments where we see physical structures crumbling (kipple)

9. Moments where we see the effects of dust

10. Moments where we see the importance of the TV show/radio

11. Moments where sleep/rest is discussed


Group 1

compared moments when robots die in Androids

as each android died — more graphic — new coming —



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