Dangerous Ideas through time book:
Texts can be valued independently but are more stimulating through comparison as we appreciate the complex influences of context and form.
Highlight the benefits of correlating info from two unrelated texts.
Demonstrate how a contemporary text (Blade Runner) reiterates the concepts inherent in classic text (Frankenstein), and how context and form influences their meaning.
Determined by different social, economic and historical contexts, authors explore and address similar concerns of society. Mary Shelley’s prose fiction novel, Frankenstein (1818) and Ridley Scott’s science fiction film, Blade Runner 1982), view the change in value of the pursuit of knowledge that leads to the moral ramifications of the creators Victor and Tyrell. Both texts accentuate the audacity of man playing God, in juxtaposition to the creations humane acts, leading to the questioning of what it means to be human. Shelley challenges the values of the Enlightenment era in the 1800s, forming Victor’s ambition to pursue the secret of life, whilst Scott criticizes the abuse of capitalism in the 1980s, deeming Tyrell’s drive for commodification. Although they were composed two centuries apart, both texts treat similar thematic concerns. By comparing their approaches to such ideas, however, it is evident that context affects meaning in complex ways, as both Frankenstein and Blade Runner reflect the values and anxieties of their times.
The change in value of the pursuit of knowledge, and the moral ramifications as a result of the creators Victor and Tyrell, are examined in both Frankenstein and Blade Runner through the differing contexts of the authors. Shelley explores the morality of Victor’s pursuit of omnipotence highlighted through his reflection “lost all soul and sensation but for this one pursuit”. The juxtaposition of “all” and “one” emphasises Victor’s obsession to conquer death, in parallel to scientists of Shelley’s time such as Erasmus...