The Man in the High Castle Themes & Symbolism

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One of Dick's major themes, the web of illusions masking reality (Martian Time-Slip, 1964, explores this theme in depth), is prominent here. Throughout the novel, persons and events give a first impression which later turns out to be an illusion masking another reality. Closely related to this theme is one exploring the relationship of the artificial or fictional to the authentic, and how, if possible, to tell the difference between them. In addition to these metaphysical themes is an ethical one.

While man may be uncertain about the nature of reality, he is nonetheless compelled to make moral decisions in a world he may not understand. Actually, Dick is much clearer on the ethical side of things than on the metaphysical, for The Man in the High Castle is a work condemning every totalitarian drive. But it is not merely negative. At the same time as it condemns fascism...

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