Frankenstein 'And Blade Runner': A Comparative Analysis

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Despite being written nearly two centuries apart, Scott’s Blade Runner contains many similar themes to that of Shelley’s Frankenstein. By examining each composer’s contextual concerns and values we can see that prophetic extrapolation highlights their fear of humanities ramification on our worldspace and personal identity. However, differing zeitgeists has altered these values and presented two fundamentally similar but thematically different texts. The worldspaces established by each composer reflects their values and concerns. Inspired by a retreat into the Swiss Alps, Shelley constructs her text in the setting of the nature-rich Geneva. Personal reflection and healing is achieved through the medium of nature for the central characters of Victor, the Monster and Walton. Victor himself states, “the magnificence and sublimity of my surrounding afforded me the greatest consolation I could receive.” The importance of the sublime is a reflection of the growing contextual concern of urbanisation and the industrial revolution. The overwhelming…show more content…
Ray’s emotions and ‘human’ concern are voiced by his request “I want more life, fucker”, reminiscent of the Monster’s request on Mount Blanc. Tyrell states that Batty is the prodigal son, giving him a direct link to humanity as he Tyrell’s offspring. This allusion also strengthens the emotional power of Batty’s plight as he has suffered greatly in his quest for further longevity. Pris states, “I think therefore I am”, mirroring Descartes’ postulation of “cogito erg sum”. Descartes is also the appellation of Deckard, creating further depth to his ambiguous status of ‘humanity’ as the established definition of this is being able to think being deemed an exclusively human quality is subverted through replicants also possessing this
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