Extrapolation

The Rise and Fall of Wilbur Mercer

Extrapolation (2013), 54, (2), 163–182.

Abstract

The story of Wilbur Mercer defies straightforward interpretation, and yet it is intricately woven into the fabric of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Mercer is, paradoxically, both marginal and central to the novel. This article suggests Mercer's story provides a template pattern of rise and fall that underpins and informs the main themes and helps to stitch together apparently disparate elements in the novel. In echoing Mercer's story, these themes are both enriched by Mercer's tale and help to explain the pivotal role he occupies.

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Viskovic, Richard