Comparison of Texts: Frankenstein and Blade Runner

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Comparison of Texts Draft Statement: ‘Monsters are not born into the world, they are created in it’. The significance of surroundings is portrayed through the use of imagery; it is affected by their attitudes formed by their own idiosyncratic epochs such as sublimity and postmodernism. Disparity in emotional control and behavior distinguishes a monster from a human. Both the novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and film “Blade Runner” by Ridley Scott, contrasts this idea of nature verses nurture and detachment. 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. Shelley exhibits both nature and nurture in “Frankenstein”. The importance of nature is illustrated through the use of imagery. Victor states - “These sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving.” His surroundings control his emotions. This point of view is formed by Shelley’s experience of Romantic Idealism and sublimity. Because of the significance of nature, the unnatural being is exiled from humanity. In contrast with “Frankenstein”, Scott’s film “Blade Runner” is the complete opposite in terms of nature. It is set in a post-apocalyptic, over-industrialized wasteland. This is displayed in the opening extreme long shot of the dystopian Milton’s City filled with darkness,
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