English Frankenstein Bladerunner Essay

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IN WHAT WAYS DOES A COMPARATIVE STUDY ACCENTUATE THE DISTINCTIVE CONTEXTS OF FRANKENSTEIN AND BLADERUNNER? The comparative study of Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley and Bladerunner directed by Ridley Scot, accentuates the timeless themes of humanity and lack of morality. These are both powerful themes of both novel and film, which relate closely to the values of responsibility and over ambition seen in both texts. Humanity was under close question in scientific discoveries of both eras as in the 18oo’s and the 1980’s were causing huge controversy over whether the experiments were boarding on ‘playing God’, this co-insides with the lack of humanity and over ambition. Humanity is seen in both novel and film show humans in a more monstrous way than the creations that are treated as monsters, which is seen through their over ambitious drive. Through a lack of morality one can lose the power to take responsibility for their actions and fully understand the consequences of those actions. This is a common theme in Frankenstein as the reader is shown the parental responsibilities Frankenstein has towards the creature, and his clear ignorance to that. “Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you and the rest of mankind.” Through these emotive words the creature reminds Frankenstein of his effectively, parental role. Mary Shelley’s omniscient narration of this issue, comes through from the strong social sensibilities taught to her by her parents, “what is born into this world is an unfinished sketch, without character or decisive feature impressed upon it,” her father William Godwin was a strong force in the social world of the 1790’s. Although the creature looks and acts like a monster he does not always speak like one, “When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, the, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all

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