The hypocrisy of Case.

Why does Gibson display Case as a stock character at some instances?

Throughout time people perpetuate an unfortunate truth; hypocrisy, and Gibson’s “androids” follow the same suit. Although the appearance of a hypocritical character may seem overly trite, it compliments a character’s persona, showing a sense of realism. Considering how Gibson’s novel detours his audience from acknowledging that throughout all this technology, the protagonist is still a human being, one has to question how Gibson reminds his reader.  Fortunately, Gibson helps his readers by showcasing human vulnerability.

From the beginning of chapter eighteen, the narrator describes Case’s outlook on the notorious head honchos as “lack of feeling”(203), revealing a sense of contrast between a leader and the worker. From this delivered monologue, Case does not consider himself as an indifferent person, when in fact he fits the same category of these cigarette-hazed men. Once Case talks with Finn, Finn reveals Case’s absence of morality “You wanna get the enzyme”(205) showing that Case cares little for the fact that Armitage died, but that he only cares about his own health. At this instance, Gibson displays the intentions of every character in that they are only out to save themselves and no one else. In other words, they are no different than the so-called totalitarian that barks orders over his staff, caring little if they survive while performing their duties. Furthermore, the shear fact that Case cares little for the details as to why Armitage was meant to die amplify Case’s self-serving attitude. From this outlook, Case diminishes the idea of having any sense of righteousness, since he cares little for the sacrifices made to attain his goal; displaying an antihero. Lastly, it shows that Case is as vile as any other person, but ultimately fails to see it.

Conclusively, though Gibson’s protagonist displays trite qualities, Gibson has reasonable reasons as to why he choses to display Case as such. Not only does it avoid from making Case appear as an unrealistic person, but it also adds a sense of reality in Gibson’s technological cluster.

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  1. I agree that in these last few chapters that Gibson has portrayed Case in a different way. Case seems to be out only for himself and tends to show less emotion lately. There were several instances when I was somewhat surprised by the words of Case. For example, when asked about his relationship with Molly, he answers in a very nonchalant manner and then states, ” ‘Fuck this, he said. ‘Fuck Armitage, fuck Wintermute, and fuck you. I’m staying right here.” (pp. 192). It appears that this lifestyle has consumed him and he begins acting similar to the other characters, consumed by his own needs. Earlier in the novel it seemed as if Case was apart of this criminal world because he was simply good at it. Now Case is consumed by it only looking out for himself.

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