Frankenstein and Blade Runner Essay

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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 his humanity caused by his hubris to “find the secrets of heaven and hell.” Conversely, the monsters speech “you accuse me of murder yet you would have satisfied conscience, to destroy your own creature…the eternal justice of man!” is found to be ironic as the created is showing more human emotion and than his human creator. Akin to Frankenstein, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was deeply affected by its context. Filmed in the late twentieth century, but set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world which has fallen and succumb to the technology they created, it, alike Frankenstein, challenges the beliefs of the time period in which it was written. Rick Deckard is described as a “one man slaughter house” as, one by one he murders the replicants, his actions justified under the header ‘retirement.’ The director utilizes a surplus of cinematic techniques to depict the immorality of humanity and bring to the foreground characters that question what it means to be human. By creating the Tyrell building as

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