Frankenstein/Blade Runner Essay

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Q) 'A deeper understanding of disruption and identity emerges from examining Frankenstein.' Discuss how this text explores disruption and identity. Due to the social paradigms of her time, Mary Shelley's classic novel, "Frankenstein", is a cautionary tale concerning the advancement of humanity. The novel addresses the themes of the relationship between humankind and nature, the impact of technology on human society and the collapse of morality. However, the context inevitably shapes the values of the composer and is reflected in the way those values are presented to us. From examining 'Frankenstein' it is certainly true that Shelley has established "a deeper understanding of disruption and identity". 'Disruption' is symbolically portrayed through humankind’s relationship with nature and is exemplified through the disruption of natural order while 'identity' refers to the characteristics of humanity itself that become blurred in the text. Established in a time of great scientific advancement, ‘Frankenstein’ encapsulates the thirst for human advancement through science and the unchecked nature of these attempts through the disastrous effects of creating life. In essence, Shelley is indicating to the readers that challenging God and unchecked scientific progression brings disaster and hardship. Shelley conveys this through granting Victor the divine privilege of creating life, and utilizes conventions of realism to authenticate this uncanny and unfeasible tale. A convention of realism Shelley uses is the letters of Captain Walton to his sister Margaret. The letters extracting the captain’s thoughts talk about the difficulties in his long voyage and the personal reflections of his encounters. This has the effect of familiarizing the reader with Walton, thus forming a picture of him in their minds, allowing for realistic interpretation. The notion of a morally
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