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Jim Barris is a foil character for Robert Arctor. How does Dick use the differences between the two men to convey Arctor's essence?

Typically, a literary hero is someone who embodies the virtues held in esteem by a particular culture. Often, a hero must sacrifice himself for the greater good of society. Does Arctor match these characteristics of a hero? Why or why not?

A Scanner Darkly was written in 1977, but it is supposed to take place in the future of 1994. What elements of the novel seem futuristic? In what ways does the world of the novel reflect America in the 1970s?

Donna discovers in a book on wolves that wolves urinate on each other to mark their territory. Arctor tells Thelma a story about a wolf that becomes legend after being shot by farmers. Explain how the two references to wolves are connected...

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