Bladerunner and Frankenstein

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‘It is surprising how different texts may reinforce the same values, even though their time frame, content and context may vary.’ Discuss the accuracy of this statement in relation to the selected extract from Frankenstein and the scene from Bladerunner. A text is a product of its composer’s environment, which critically or creatively reflects upon the concerns and values of the social, historical and philosophical visions of the time. The epistolary, Chinese box narrative novel, Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelly in 1918, draws together the advancements of Galvanism and the 1800’s Romantic Movement, to express a cautionary voice towards to development of an unnatural science challenging the spiritual idea that creation is derived from God. Bladerunner (Director’s cut, 1992), directed by Ridley Scott, similarly reflects on the impressions of the negligent exploration of science and technology on mankind. An analytical interpretation of the texts, accounting for their differing contexts, divulges the composers’ endeavour to challenge the adequacy of contemporary societal values, primarily the idea of responsibility, and to forewarn us of the penalties of defying the natural order and distorting the limitations of man. It is not ‘surprising’ that man has continued to play god throughout the ages, but struggles to atone fateful actions. In the selected extract from Frankenstein, page 280, Mary Shelly empowers the monster by providing him with a bitterly reflective voice, lamenting the injustice that has developed throughout the novel leading to this heightened point. As the monster devours Walton’s ears with tales of his desolation and destitution he has agonized as an abnormal creation, the key issue of human responsibility to their scientific creations is conveyed. This reveals aspects of Shelly’s contextual background at the time of composition. In an era

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