Blade Runner and Frankenstein Power Essay

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BladeHow does a comparative study of Frankenstein and Blade Runner bring to the fore ideas about the consequences of the desire for power? While values may change, mans humanity is epitomized by strong moral integrity, abetting a sense of empathy, and a connection to the natural. An inevitable conflict is created between the rhythms of nature and the exploitative nature of civilization, that being the obsessive desire for knowledge and power. Within this conflict, man is corrupted through his loss of empathy and morality, hence losing his humanity. The texts Blade Runner by Ridley Scott and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, accentuate the notion that humanity’s moral constructs are the cornerstone to having a sense of humanity, and assert the centrality of humanity’s integral connection with the natural world. The notions have been heavily inspired by contexts of scientific discovery, philosophical thought, religious doubt and industrial advancement. Shelley’s novel is a reaction to the rationalization of the enlightenment movement and the Industrial revolution’s scientific abuse of nature. The consequence of one’s desire for power over the natural and moral constructs is best represented in Frankenstein through the corruption of the protagonist, Victor. Intrinsically, Victor’s inability to neither comprehend his responsibility, nor feel compassion for the pain he has caused abets his corruption. While the monsters words are able to move him, he remains unable to see beyond the “filthy mass that moved and talked”. He can be seen as an emotional cripple, insensitive to anyone’s suffering but his own. He is introverted, frequently focusing on his own despair to the exclusion of others. Arrogance and conceit prevents him from considering himself really blamable. He lacks sufficient moral integrity for sustained reflection and while he fails, he wrongly concludes that
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