Analyse How Frankenstein and Blade Runner Imaginatively Portray Individuals Who Challenge the Established Values of Their Times.. Essay

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Analyse how Frankenstein and Blade Runner imaginatively portray individuals who challenge the established values of their times.. Despite being created 200 years apart, the novel ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley and the film ‘Blade Runner’ by Ridley Scott both imaginatively portray individuals who challenge the established value of their times. Using film techniques in Blade runner and using literary devices in Frankenstein, characters such as Victor, Walton, Tyrel and Deckard all question the act towards the “normal” social attainment of their time including creation. As a building requires a builder, creation demands a creator; it is through creation we have a glimpse of power and wisdom. In the novel ‘Frankenstein’ By Marry Shelley, we see that she puts forward the theme in the novel that knowledge is dangerous and cannot be trusted with too much power. Victor Frankenstein attempts to escalate beyond the accepted human limits and gain access to the secret of human life to create life in his own hands. The monster Victor creates is seen to be disgraceful and not accepted by “normal” social standards. “Sorrow only increased with knowledge” The monsters narrative explains that knowledge brings understanding of corruption and cruelty. However through the simile “It clings to the mind like a lichen on the rock” the Monster acknowledges that once you have knowledge, it cannot be surrendered, it only becomes a part of you. Similarly in ‘Blade Runner’ which set in 2019, is a time when technology has advanced so far that humanity has perfected what Frankenstein started. Eldon Tyrell has the knowledge and brainpower to create Replicants (human robots). He creates a motto: “More human than humans” This shows that he is ignorant to the needs and feelings of the creations. He is not horrified of them, only proud of his handiwork. Yet his behaviour to the replicants is as harsh

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