Frankenstein and Bladerunner

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To what extent has your comparative study of Frankenstein and Blade Runner revealed a change in values over time? It is the comparative study of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Ridley Scott’s 20th century film Blade Runner (Directors Cut 1992) that reveals that issues at the core of humanity remain universal and relevant despite time, however, the values remain the same. Shelley’s novel critiques the Enlightenment philosophy that progress is inherently good and reflects the Romantic elements of her context, whereas Blade Runner questions and challenges mass industrialisation of the 20th century. Each text acts as a cautionary tale in relation to scientific endeavour being unchecked by morals and ethics. The film is, is in fact a response to societies failure to heed Mary Shelley’s original warnings about scientific pursuit. Despite the 200-year gap in context the values remain similar. Each text values a humanity that embraces compassion, self-knowledge and scientific pursuit completed with a moral vision. The form of the latter text has been recontextualised in order to suit a different audience. However, the values remain consistent and thus via the respective forms of the text, composers explore issues relating to humanity and unchecked science. Within each text, the composers similarly explore how when scientific endeavour is pursued without a moral frame, the consequences for creator and created, and furthermore humanity, are devastating. The impact on mankind is reflected as Victor Frankenstein brings his monster into existence. This is evident through the use of high modality as he says ‘a new species would bless me as its creator’ and ‘natures would owe their being to me’. Victor’s distant and cold language reveals his overwhelming hubris and reflects the conflation of scientific and Romantic paradigms. Frankenstein clearly created the monster
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