Blade Runner - Frankenstein Essay

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Past speaks to the future in the pairs of texts set for study. To what extent is this made evident in Blade Runner and the extract from Chapter 5 of Frankenstein? Both texts, the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and the movie Blade Runner the Directors Cut by Ridley Scott demonstrate very similarly the consequences of the abusive use of scientific development. Although Mary Shelley and Ridley Scott were influenced by different events in different times, both texts show the degradation of human values as a result of abusing scientific advancement in an attempt to play god. Ridley Scott expresses this in Blade Runner through use of a variety of film techniques, sound imagery and events at the time which relate to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Directly influenced by events around the world, Mary Shelley and Ridley Scott demonstrate the consequences of abusing scientific advancement and the degradation of human values. In chapter 26 of Blade Runner the meeting between Roy and his creator resembles some similarities of that of chapter 5 in Frankenstein as these are chapters which both creators abandon their creations, demonstrating the degradation of human values. Ridley Scott opens this scene with a panoramic shot on the Tyrell Corporation's Head Quarters which manifests to the audience the extremity of Tyrell's power. Roy and Sebastian are rising to the top in an elevator, a symbol of elevation and entry into heaven. Furthermore, Ridley Scott alludes to the ”Immortal Game" of chess when Roy checkmates Tyrell. There is an obvious connection to mortality and immortality. Frankenstein was written during an early phase of the Industrial Revolution, a time of dramatic change. Victor's experiments was a search for ultimate power and godhood. Victor and his utter disregard for the monster in his pursuit of power can be symbolic of the rampant forces of laissez-faire
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