Frankenstein Bladerunner Essa

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yThroughout the exploration of the module “Texts in Time”, we observe the connections between texts and their reflections of the constancy in human nature, whilst shifting contextual perspectives are maintained. Such a connection is demonstrated in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel “Frankenstein” (F/stein) and Scott Ridley’s 1991 film “Bladerunner”, where both composers present a cautionary tale, warning us of the implications of science and technological advances on humanity and thus reflecting their own fears in their respective contextual eras. It is through the analysis of such values and implications that we can see the constancy of human nature throughout time. Frankenstein is a gothic inspired, fragmented epistolary, reflecting the rebellion of the Romantic Movement, which advocated the power of imagination, and ones relationship to nature. The gothic convention of sublime nature is represented thematically, through forces of good and evil leading to vengeance and murder, as well as macabre settings of graveyards and charnel houses. FS reacts to the advances of science in the Industrial Revolution, during which man acquired seemingly godlike capabilities to reanimate life through the principles of Galvanism, as seen through Frankenstein’s quote–“ I will unfold the world to the deepest mysteries of creation”. This concern of science and science is introduced in the novels subtitle “The modern Prometheus” , a recontextualisation of the classical myth, symbolic of the pursuit of knowledge and the consequences of hubris. Frankenstein’s challenging the boundaries of science and technology is evident in the quote– “What has been the pursuit of scientists before was now with in my grasp”. Likewise, in Bladerunner, Scott extrapolates the contextual concerns of the Reagan era of mass consumerism and environmental degradation into a dystopian future. Scott criticizes
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