Frankenstein - Disruption and Identity

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Identity is based on the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognised or known, and is impacted by various factors including human connections and the environment. A disruption of these stable elements ultimately fuels the loss of identity. Mary Shelly’s Romantic novel Frankenstein (1818) and Ridley Scott’s science fiction film Blade Runner (1992) demonstrate how a more profound and sophisticated understanding of disruption and identity arises from the consideration of the parallels between the two texts. Though Frankenstein and Blade Runner differ in context, they draw on similar philosophical and societal values of their time to simultaneously extrapolate the twofold themes of The Human Experience; what it means to be human, and the dangers of disrupting the natural order through technological advancements. Thus the linking premise is that dehumanisation or a loss of identity results once nature has been disrupted, and humanity becomes subservient to technology and scientific advancement. Frankenstein conveys the notion that the destructive thirst for scientific knowledge and pursuit for superiority results in a loss of morals, as well as a disrupted connection to the sublime world and innate self. Shelly believes that the maintenance of a moral world is structure around the need for mankind’s fair and benevolent nature; that the depth and beauty of life comes from the natural world. In the beginning, Victor Frankenstein is portrayed as a naïve individual who is inspired by the sublime: During my youthful days discontent never visited my mind; and if I was ever overcome by ennui, the sight of what is beautiful in nature could always interest my heart (p.201) However, as Frankenstein ages and develops a connection with Science, he ‘ardently desired the acquisition of knowledge’, and is then characterised as the Promethean hero who
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