Neuromancer Themes & Symbolism

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Drugs and Alternate States of Mind

Nearly all of the characters in Neuromancer are drug users and drug peddlers, and many of them are drug addicts. Alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical drugs are pervasive. Drug addiction plays a major role in character motivation and plot development. Case's natural cyberspace talent is destroyed by a drug, and thereafter he turns to a life of drug use and dealing. Case's life in Night City is defined by drug use. He meets Linda Lee and woos her with drugs, which destroy her mind and their fledgling relationship. Wintermute takes extreme precautions to prevent Case from using drugs to the detriment of the mission. Case spends an inordinate amount of effort circumventing Wintermute's precautions. At the close of the novel, Case spends most of his money on surgical procedures so that he can again use common drugs easily. Molly routinely uses drugs to...

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