Frankenstein and Bladerunner Essay

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Composers create cautionary texts to warn their contemporary audiences about the shocking dangers for future societies if contextual concerns are not addressed. The Romantic novel Frankenstein 1818 by Mary Shelly addresses the fears of the rapid progression of science manipulating nature. Various literacy works, such as Milton’s Paradise Lost and Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, influenced Shelley. The film Bladerunner 1982 directed by Ridley Scott demonstrates the effects of globalisation, consumerism and the domination of corporation. Major contextual concerns stimulated Shelley to compose a cautionary novel that predicts a shocking future for humanity. During Shelley's time there was a rapid growth in science, scientists like Galvani experimented electric currents on dead frog's muscles. Erasmus Darwin's theories about man's evolution influenced Shelley to compose a shocking story about playing God and tampering with nature. In Frankenstein, Victor had the ability to create life that only belongs in the hands of God. The creation by Victor is seen to have extraordinary capabilities which are beyond human's control, "could subsist upon coarser diet; I bore the extremes of heat and cold with less injury to my frame; my stature far exceeded theirs." This creation being out of contol has made Victor step into uncharted territories both morally and scientifically. Victor's obsession has resulted in continuous punishment, "...sorrow upon the graves of William and Justine, the first hapless victims to my unhallowed arts." Victor's actions has not only murdered innocent victims but has brought burden upon society. The Romantic Age opposed the Age of Englightment, which aroused the ideas of glorifying nature and emotions. This had a great impact on Shelley, she believed the importance of nature which was reflected in Frankenstein, "These sublime and magnificent

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