Themes Of Power, Deceit, Racial Discrimination, Fate, And Gender Norms

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‘The Man in the High Castle’ tells the story of a parallel world, one in which the Japanese and the Germans won the war, and the world now operates in their favor. The story line revolves around a book that is written by a man who only writes what the Ching says to. One book in particular is forbidden to many, and it is because the contents tell the story of ‘what really happened’, how we got to the world we live in today. Philip K Dick wraps this intriguing story around themes of power, deceit, racial discrimination, fate, and gender norms of the 1950’s and 60’s. The tone for power was set very early in the novel. "A substitute, then. Your recommendation, Mr. Childan?" Tagomi deliberately mispronounced the name; insult within the code that made Childan 's ears burn. Place pulled, the dreadful mortification of their situation. Robert Childan 's aspirations and fears and torments rose up and exposed themselves, swamped him, stopping his tongue. He stammered, his hand sticky on the phone” (Dick, 2). This example occurs in the first chapter. You could believe that this is a simple error on Mr. Tagomi’s part, or you could view it from the aspect of blatant, yet sidle, disrespect masked in the disguise of an honest mistake. Mr. Tagomi knew this would get underneath Mr. Childan’s skin based upon his standards for respect and public manners. From the very beginning Mr. Tagomi played into the struggle for power expressed throughout ‘The Man in the High Castle’. The story is

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