Blade Runner and Frankenstein Essay

997 WordsMay 13, 20134 Pages
‘A deeper understanding of disruption and identity emerges from considering the parallels between Frankenstein and Blade Runner.’ Compare how these texts explore disruption and identity. Through an examination of the parallels between Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott, one is able to explore how the texts reflect both contextual and universal notions of disruption and identity. Fundamental to Frankenstein is the relationship between creator and created, between Frankenstein and his Monster. Through this relationship Shelley challenges us to consider who the real monster is, what it is that makes us human and through this, provokes questions about our human identity. In Blade Runner, relationship between Frankenstein and the monster is paralleled though Tyrell and Batty. The investigation into identity comes as a result of the relationship between Deckard and the Nexus 6s in which similarly challenges us to consider what it means to be human. Both texts explore the potential of man’s desire for progress to disrupt the natural order, and challenge our traditional conception of identity. Frankenstein reveals how the protagonists act is in opposition with nature and the natural, while Blade Runner depicts a dystopic world where technology has overridden nature, leading to a world where identity is a mix of cultures and creations that are overcrowded and are defined by isolation. Although the texts stem from wide ranging contexts, the parallels between them allow us to explore the development, and changing interpretations of disruption and identity. Frankenstein’s central relationship is that between Frankenstein and the Monster. It is this relationship that facilitates a deeper exploration of the fundamental question, what does it mean to be human? The technique of Mis en abyme allows the reader to empathise with multiple

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