Eyes in Blade Runner

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Eyes in Bladerunner By Thomas Karantinos Introduction Bladerunner has an obsession with eyes. Eye symbolism in the film is rampant. This essay discusses the various aspects of eye symbolism in the film, based upon religious and developmental concepts. Eyes and religion One of the very first scenes of the film is used to indicate the relationship between the film and its main themes with religion and theosophy in general. We see an eye which reflects the flames coming out from the chimneys of the dark, industrialised city. Next we see the Tyrell building and then we see the eye again reflecting both the flames and the building which has a pyramid shape. This particular image forms a symbol which is known as the all-seeing eye. The all-seeing eye is a freemasonic symbol. The eye represents the Great Architect of the Universe (which is the freemasonic concept of god) and derives from an Egyptian symbol called the eye of Horus which represent the eye of the Egyptian god Osiris. The pyramid indicates the relationship of freemasonry with the Egyptian mysteries (Pike, 1938). There are also many other religious concepts found in the film. For example Roy puts a nail though Tyrell's palm and a pigeon flies away when Roy is dying (Saini, 1996). So why did Scott insist on giving the film religious ideas? It is possible that he wanted to reinforce his ideas about the relationship between man and god discussed below. There is a possibility indeed that the eye we see at the start of the film to be Tyrell's eye. This way he is presented as the Great architect of the replicants. Another very interesting fact about this specific scene is that the eye appears to be damaged, full of spots and cataracts (McCoy, 1995). Even the reflections do not seem to occur normally. However, there is no indication throughout the film that the eyes of the replicants behave this way and/or

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