Blade Runner And Frankenstein Comparative Essay

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Different authors throughout time shape their ideas while reflecting the world and society they live in. Comparing different texts relaying these idea enhances our understanding. The gothic tale of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein is influenced by the rapid industrial growth of the early 18th century while Ridley Scotts Tech-Noir Blade Runner is effected by the growth of major companies and consumerism in the 1980s. Shelley and Ridley are two authors who challenged the idea of what it means to be human, making the audience reflect on their own personal understandings of the question.

In both Blade Runner and Frankenstein the flaw of humans blind ambition and greed are seen in the creators, through…show more content…
If the creations are indeed “more human, than human” what defines our humanity? The replicants are portrayed as the violent antagonist only once compared to the humans (Tyrell) do they become admirable. While the death of Tyrell confronts the audience the close up on Roy's face shows the agony he is in. He doesn’t enjoy the killing but believes that his father must pay for his sins, pay for all the pain he has cause to him and his friends. Such violence is really only the cause of Roy’s pain, his emotions controlling his actions conflicts with our prejudice. Frankenstein's Monster's anguish comes from the rejection he feels from society “Am I to be thought the only criminal, when all human kind sinned against me?”. Posing this Rhetorical question highlights the Irony of how the monster while innocent has been judged just as the reader has. Influenced by her father Mary Shelley's story of a monster portrays the idea that to be human goes beyond that of the body. The Monsters vulgarity and the Replicants perfection does not define them their reaction and action and the ability to think morally and ethically makes them human. The audiences predetermined ideas on a villain is flipped as the monster and replicants become the most relatable and the creators become demons. This makes the audience reconsider their ideas on what it is to be human, who can say what defines humanity when the humans act like
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