Blade Runner and Frankenstein

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“Powerful ideas never lose their relevance with time, even though the way composers communicate those ideas can change.” Discuss common ideas in Frankenstein and Blade Runner – Director’s Cut/Final Cut paying particular attention to the context of these two texts. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner Director’s cut (1982) are both cautionary tales that explore the concept of scientific and technological advancements and the dangers of excessive knowledge. In both texts, knowledge is misused for self aggrandisement and economic prosperity; as a result, the scientists must live with the consequences of their actions as they attempt to defy the limits of the natural world. Frankenstein’s literary context is based on Romanticism in the 19th century, with other elements such as Gothicism, which was also popular at that time. Blade Runner was released in 1982, in a period of rapid development in science, technology and commercialism. Even though the two texts are composed in a disparate medium and era, powerful ideas such as nature, knowledge, abuse of power, responsibility and morality, and technology are apparent throughout both texts, and will never lose their relevance with time. The influence of context is evident in both texts. Mary Shelley took her novel into new directions developing the first science fiction text during the Romantic era, but the influence of Romanticism as a way of perceiving the world is still seen throughout the text. During the 1800’s, there were many new scientific developments that sparked interest in the new fields that were opening up. There had been many new developments by Crosse, Darwin, Galvani, and other scientists, concerning biological evolution (or ‘natural science’ as it had been known) and electricity. She frequently references contemporary novels from the Romantic period, such as Coleridge and,
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