Yod the Cyborg
In Marge Piercy’s novel He, She and It, she has a character named Yod, who is a cyborg. He is an interesting character (characters are important to me). We know that Yod was created to protect, and that he kills several people in the book.
When Yod kills to protect Shira from organ scavengers, Yod tells Shira, “This was the first time I have truly defended. It was highly pleasurable…I liked killing them, do you understand?” (Piercy, 111). Yod was created to protect and he enjoys the feeling that he got after doing what he was created to do. This is interesting because it raises questions of morality and killing. Like what we talked about in class, when is violence acceptable? Personally, I think that violence is acceptable in the case of protecting others (again, something we had talked about in class), so in Yod’s case, the violence was necessary. However, I would imagine that most people don’t feel good after hurting someone, but Yod does, and this makes Shira uncomfortable and scared: “She could think of nothing to say; she found his statements frightening. Probably when she felt less exhausted emotionally and physically, she would find his revelation even more disturbing” (Piercy, 111). Shira has a normal reaction to someone confessing that they enjoyed killing. Her reaction is something that we would probably have had if we were in her shoes. And yet, Shira still feels something towards Yod that isn’t disgust or fear; they even start up a relationship later. This means Shira might have gotten used to the idea of Yod’s pleasure in killing people or maybe she realized that Yod would only ever kill others when the people he cares about (or is programed to protect) are in danger.