Comparative Study - Frankenstein and Bladerunner Essay

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Although changes in context lead to changed values being reflected in texts, common concerns resonate over time and between texts. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein (1818) and the film Bladerunner (1992), directed by Ridley Scott, both explore the consequences of an unrestrained pursuit of science and knowledge and the nature of humanity. Although both composers raise similar ideas and concerns, they are presented to the audience differently due to the differing contexts in which the two texts were composed. Mary Shelley composed her novel in the midst of the industrial revolution and during the Age of Enlightenment, while Ridley Scott developed his film at a time of unfettered capitalism and consumerism alongside technological advances in computing and genetic modification. In Frankenstein, Shelley displays the dire consequences that accompany the unrestrained pursuit of knowledge. Victor Frankenstein begins as a scholar striving for knowledge as “In a scientific pursuit, there is continual food for discovery and wonder”. The metaphor “food for discovery" emphasises Victor’s endless desire for more knowledge. This pursuit in science is reflected in Shelley’s time period, during the Enlightenment, where there were major scientific developments, including Galvani’s concept of electricity as a reanimating force. The electricity is alluded to, as a spark, when Victor Frankenstein brings his creature to life by “infusing a spark of being into the lifeless thing”. However, after witnessing the monstrosity that he has created, Victor recognises “How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, how much happier that man who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow”. However, the irresponsibility of Victor, after his uncontained experiment, led to the gradual loss of all his loved ones leaving Victor in misery

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