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In the near future, an undercover narc is assigned to inform on himself.

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Digressions on Allusions in P.K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly
Bartrand discusses various allusions in Dick’s novel.
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Frank C. Bertrand
Encounters with Reality: P.K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly
“In A Scanner Darkly the main character lives the contrasting realities of two personas, Robert Arctor (a “doper”) and S.A. Fred (a “straight” and undercover narcotics agent), “Robert Arctor” being Fred’s undercover role. But a drug enhanced, if not induced, schizophrenia of the hebephrenic type makes it increasingly difficult for Fred/Arctor to distinguish between the two realities of himself and his undercover self. Which reality is real, or more real, Fred’s or Arctor’s? Possible answers lie in Dick’s use of the word reality in A Scanner Darkly…”
Contains: Character Analysis
Author: Frank C. Bertrand
From: Philosophical Speculations in Science Fiction & Fantasy Vol. 1, no. 1, March 1981, pp. 12-17
Kant’s “Noumenal Self” and Doppelganger in P.K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly
“The two-in-one character Arctor/Fred in P.K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly (1977), in conjunction with several of the ancillary characters therein, pose explicit and implicit notions about Character, personality, and self (Being) that are both informative and problematic for reaching an understanding of the novel as a whole. Three of these are Arctor/Fred as Doppelganger, schizophrenic, and symbolic personification of Kant’s idea that there are two wills or selves in Man, the phenomenal and noumenal self. Individually and in combination these reflect Dick’s long standing concern with the nature of Reality and the interaction between Man and Reality.”
Contains: Character Analysis
Author: Frank C. Bertrand
From: Philosophical Speculations in Science Fiction & Fantasy no. 2, Summer 1981, Pp. 69-80.
The Use of Setting in P.K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly
“If one grants the premise that setting often reflects or influences plot and characterization, i.e., characters in conflict with or in rebellion against their surroundings, the landscape of A Scanner Darkly exhibits several explicit and implicit effects.”
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Frank C. Bertrand

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