Our Interest in the Parallels Between Frankenstein and Blade Runner Is Further Enhanced by Consideration of Their Marked Differences in Textual Form. Essay

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Our interest in the parallels between Frankenstein and Blade Runner is further enhanced by consideration of their marked differences in textual form. Evaluate this statement in the light of your comparative study of Frankenstein and Blade Runner. Sample response: Prose fiction and Film Prescribed texts: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, 1819 Blade Runner (Director’s cut), Ridley Scott, 1982 Introduction sets out the main argument:that the texts share common content, but changes in context, audience and form mean that the content is handled differently | There are many parallels between Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. They both explore major questions about the nature of being human, personal identity and whether or not people should “play god” by creating other life. They share the technique of interior narrative, so we understand what the major characters are thinking and what the motivations are for their actions. However, while the big questions about human nature may not have changed substantially since the early 19th century, the world is now a very different place and the textual forms clearly express that difference. Shelley’s Gothic novel becomes Scott’s film noir/crime fiction/sci-fi film, and the way the ideas are explored, and the audience for these ideas, are both very different. Frankenstein was published in 1819, when political upheaval in parts of Europe and major advances in science and medicine were challenging established ideas about people and society. The novel asks us to consider what it means to be a human being – can a human being be “made”, as the Creature is?; how is identity formed?; are scientific and medical advances incompatible with religious views?; what responsibilities do we owe to others? These are much the same questions that Scott asks in Blade Runner, although he does not address the

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