Frankenstein And Bladerunner Essay

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For both Frankenstein and Bladerunner, the texts clearly convey both the time in which they were produced and illuminate why their composers chose the format through which they convey their concerns of the dangers of scientific knowledge and the inherit goodness of humans and the impact of life experience that provokes change. These two ideas continued as paramount concerns during both periods of time in which these texts were written and still resonate with society to this modern day. Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein’ is an exemplar of the texts popular in her time. It was known that both romantic and gothic texts had come to influence the literary scene of the late 18th century, a period of revolutionary political and social reform. However,…show more content…
Shelley and others hoped to integrate the best advances in thought of the previous generations and animate these with insight of great thinkers such as Wordsworth, Coleridge and even her father, William Godwin, a supporter of social justice that sought to bring about an egalitarian change. Film for Scott was the appropriate median to raise questions about unchecked scientific technological advances and the emphasis of the primacy of progress in the business spheres. His film ‘Bladerunner’ is heavily influenced by socio-economic and political events of the 1980’s, indeed the same period in which he composed his film in 1982. The film was made in the context of the 1980’s Reagan era and this was a time of significant change, where most held pessimistic views of a potentially nihilistic future. 

Frankenstein and Bladerunner challenges the notions of “men of genius” and raises the critical concern of the dangers of obtaining and acting upon scientific knowledge. It questions how these men of genius can allow themselves to free reign to experiment and interfere with the mysteries of life itself. This can be seen as a ‘Prometheus linking’ motif as both scientists Victor and Tyrrell strive for perfection and are unconcerned with the
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