Louis Tanner of Destroying Angel and Rick Deckard of Do Androids Dream of
Electric Sheep: Importance to the Thematic Development of "moral men in immortal
worlds" and Body Mind Invasion


How would you feel if you found out you where making love to any android?
Shocked I hope. In this essay l will discuss how Louis Tanner of Destroying
Angel and Rick Deckard of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep are important to
the thematic development of "moral men in immoral worlds" and body mind invasion.


Is Tanner a moral man in an immoral world? What is considered moral or
immoral? We know from reading Destroying Angel that Tanner is a good person.
Tanner is the type of person whom we say would "do the right thing" in certain
situations. He\'s honest and honorable. If Tanner makes a promise, he keeps it.
He made an agreement with Rattan, where Rattan would be shipped to New Hong Kong
illegally in return for the name of the chain killer. Rattan is a drug dealer
with a lot of money to waste. He\'s also the only person with the information to
catch the chain killer. To get justice the moral must cooperate with the immoral.
We also know that Tanner is not a womanizer. He had his chance with Hannah but
did not take advantage of the situation: "No Hannah"(136). Tanner had more
worrisome thoughts than making love to a good friend. He wanted the murderer of
all murderers, the chain killer. As a cop he never captured the chain killer.
This person fused chains to people\'s bodies and then threw them into the water.
For Tanner who was now a retired cop, it was as if a spark lit up in him. All
the old memories fled back into his mind. The nightmare of his partner getting
shot on a "drug bust gone"(13) wrong began to replay in his mind. He had a
conscience; therefore, he could never forget what was done to his partner nor
the victims of the chain killer.

One of the many other themes found in this book was body mind invasion. When
Tanner was still a cop, slugs worked at the police station whose job was to
"solve almost any problem" (16). These people were constantly injected with
reason enhancers to help them solve investigations. Now that Tanner was retired,
the slugs working at the police station probably looked "Distended and
distorted"(16) after all these years of taken drugs. Although they took the
enhancers, they did not help in finding the chain killer. The only person that
could help find the killer was Rattan. He was interested in the new process of
the regeneration of limbs in New Hong Kong. This was a process where your
natural limbs were actually grown back. Rattan would have rather died than have
prosthetic limbs. The only person that could have transported him to knew New
Hong Kong was Tanner. It was a domino effect after that. Both parties got what
they where looking. Rattan went to New Hong Kong and Tanner got the name of the
chain killer.

Louis Tanner developed the themes of "moral men in immoral worlds" and body
mind invasion in a certain fashion. Now l will compare it to how Rick Deckard in
Do androids Dream of Electric Sheep developed the same themes.

Was Rick Deckard a moral man in an immoral world? He lived in a world where
humans were given classification such as chickenheads or specials if they didn\'t
pass a mental exam. They were being judged by their own to see who was worthy to
go to mars and live a better life. If they passed the test and emigrated to mars,
androids would be their slaves. As slaves the androids had to do everything they
were told. Androids were very intelligent beings and retaliated against their
owners. They were beginning to get lonely and illegally came back to earth. Rick
was a bounty hunter whose job was to find and destroy these androids. At first
to him it was just a job. He didn\'t have any feeling toward the androids because
they were not human. As his assignment continued, he found that he " \'[was
capable of feeling empathy for at least specific certain androids.\'"(124) When
he captured Luba Luft at the museum he bought her a book. This book contained a
picture of the painting she was admiring. This showed that Rick began to have
empathy for androids. He then killed her and destroyed the book. Ricks morals
began to get twisted. He