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Adam Berke Professor Liberty Stanavage English 192: Science Fiction 8 July 2010 Robbie the Robot: More or Less than Meets the Eye Common proverbs and phrases such as, “never judge a book by its cover,” and, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” convey the message that outward appearances should not be used as the primary prerequisite in judging someone’s character or intellect. In the case of Asimov’s Robbie , however, we see that predominantly a lack of visible human characteristics bring about the shunning and casting away of the character, “Robbie,” by other characters in the story. Although as a reader “Robbie’s” actions and apparent emotions make him seem more like a human and less like a robot, this paper argues it is strictly his lack of visible human traits, such as being made of metal instead of skin and bones, which limit his humanity not only to the reader but to other characters in the story as well, essentially illustrating that appearances and visible differences are the most significant factors in determining and understanding humanity.
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