With this belief Victor is throwing away the idea of natural occurrences being good, and saying that his creation from dead pieces of various bodies can develop an elite being unimagined by GOD. Another place we see humanity distancing themselves from nature, is when Victor locks himself away from society to delve deeper into his scientific studies. He only sees what can be done with science, and because of this GOD whom is natural, became secondary to science. Science is a very common theme in both Brave New World and Frankenstein; the constant obsession with furthering progress and discovering the unknown led both the society in Brave New World and Victor in Frankenstein to leave natural occurrences behind and attempt to better themselves with
In the novel Frankenstein we see Victor’s technological ambition turn into repulsion as the creation of the monster help him realize the magnitude of his mistakes. “The beauty of my dream vanished, breathless horror and disgust filled my heart”, this shows that Victor was blinded by his ambition and by giving up morality and using technology for his own selfish needs he was not able to foresee the inevitable horrid consequences. On the other hand in Blade Runner the ethical issues of science and technologies are not only portrayed through the creation of the replicants but also by the destruction of nature and its environments. During the beginning of the movie a camera shot from above shows a dark, industrialized city filled with fiery explosions while ominous music is played in the background, the image of the city and non-dijectic sounds portray and emphasise how society has lost sight of what really matters and no longer prioritize
However, Blade runner has very limited amounts of nature and shows a industrialized and scientifically advanced society thus the distinctive differences between Frankenstein and blade runner reveal more about the connections between them. Fears in society will always alter as time progresses however. This idea is further exemplified through the symbolism of Tyrell’s oversized glasses. The fear that humanity is blind toward the danger of the ultimate extinction of any form of nature is expressed in Shelley’s novel thus blade runner mimics the fear and effectively becomes a warning toward this issue. Hence forth, both texts effectively delve into the negative connotations that could come of the obsessive pursuit of
He quickly grows a negative view upon humanity. “My soul glowed with love and humanity: but am I not alone, miserably alone?" The monster was able to create this bond initially with humanity, which they couldn’t make it with him. So morally what makes him any less human. This could represent Shelley’s view that man in the religious times, rejects something who’s characteristics do not fit gods standards.
The creature’s emotions have power over them and they become slaves to it because they are inexperienced. They end up developing more emotion than humans themselves which makes them surpass equality, but, they remain dissimilar to them. They are made the obvious outsider of the world and are just mere artificial creations of life; not the natural born life. The motif of abortion recurs as the creators of the creatures intentionally ostracise their creations. Consequently, the ethics of humanity is challenged through these creators in both texts as they express the contextual concerns such as post-industrialism and greed.
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.
Both Shelley’s novel and Scott’s feature film are examples of texts that transcend the age they are created in – they serve as warnings to humanity about the dangers of scientific alteration of the natural cycle Shelley’s Frankenstein was composed during an era of rampant social and scientific change; although this change was not necessarily progress. Shelley’s novel examines the moral responsibility of the scientist, and offers the consequences of annihilation of nature. During the 19th Century, the environment stopped being a source of beauty and inspiration and largely became another commodity; a casualty of the Industrial Revolution. Shelley continues the Romantic theme of emphasis on nature with her repeated
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.
Although sharing little in setting or premise, the texts Frankenstein and Blade Runner share many of the same concerns as they both challenge the values and morals of the societies in which they were set, most notably the notion of what it means to be human, as well as articulating the composers' critique of the advancement in science and technology. Both texts also exhibit the consequences of imprudent creation and the hubris of an individual to rise above and disrupt the natural order. Written in the eighteen hundreds by aggrieved writer Mary Shelley, the novel Frankenstein presents readers with a Romanticist perspective of technology ‘dehumanizing’ mankind as society was not made clear of their indistinct boundaries. Through Victor’s regression, “I, the true murderer, felt the never dying worm alive in my bosom”, the symbols of the ‘worm’ explore the downfall in
Merry Shelly’s Frankenstein explores secrecy and the outcome of an individual who wrestles with the options of revealing the truth or withholding it. Victor Frankenstein is victim of a double sided sword; his secret becomes a leech that is hazardous to his well being. As readers follow through the endless hell put out of Victor's life they learn the nature of his secret, its consequences, and how it contributes to the message Shelly is trying to convey, the belief that secrecy can be destructive by corrupting life and love. Frankenstein begins a quest of creating a human being from scratch. He does not reveal his plan or actions.