Mary Shelley’s gothic promethean novel, Frankenstein (1818), was released during the industrial revolution as romanticism was thriving, while Ridley Scott’s futuristic sci-fi Blade runner (1992) grew with the dawning of a capitalistic increasingly globalised and technologically driven society. The comparative study of these texts encompasses themes of humanity and playing God through a tone of moral warning and allows the responder to explore how similar content in different contexts will reflect changing, but also constant values. Through the use of filmic techniques, Scott demonstrates how nature and religion are absent in a world overrun by consumerism and technology. Due to her context, Shelley alternatively uses imagery and allusions to hint at the consequences humanity will suffer if they try to better God through the misuse of science and the corruption of nature. Both of these texts reflect the distinctive contexts in which they were written; although separated by over 100 years of history, they still present similar issues and dilemmas which affected the form and features of the individual texts.
sDr. Maxis and his scientist team, Group 935, were tasked with creating an army of super soldiers and new technology for the government project christened "Der Riese" or "The Giant". In his experiments, Maxis used Element 115 to create the zombies. The zombies, however, couldn't be controlled and would always be killed when they went berserk. While this was going on, Richtofen was testing 115 on living test subjects to create his super soldiers at a Siberian facility.
But this time it took place in mars. As like in Fahrenheit 451 this book had many similarities with the themes that Ray Bradbury tries to give about the outcome of the advancement of technology. In the chronicle “there will come soft rains” Bradbury creates a house that is so technologically advance that is capable to tend to any need that a person might have. As like in Fahrenheit 451 the house symbolizes that technology will take over our lives and will make humans very dependent on it. In the second expedition, not knowing that the Martians were not immune to chicken pox the explores accidently bring the disease and kill all the Martians.
We see a world were technology is supreme and greater knowledge has diminished society. Science has attempted to make living easier though has it actually benefited humanity? Ridley Scott has predicted a world in 2019 based on the incredibly fast advancements in technology based when he created the movie. It depicts his and others from the times fear that use of knowledge would ultimately farm humanity. In blade runner the current world has transformed so far past comfortable that some are moving to alternate planets.
DATE \@ "MMMM d, y" April 20, 2015 Dear Editor, Im writing to express my belief in why the short story “Bloodchild” by Octavia Butler should be published. Butler creates a dystopian society in which humans form together to build a little agency. “Dystopian is the complete opposite of utopian because it describes an imaginary society that is as dehumanizing and unpleasant (vocabulary.com)”. The humans ( who are referred to as Terran) are detached from earth and placed in this far away world that they have to share with Tlic ( referred to as the aliens) . The science fiction elements play a big role throughout the story because the fact that it is located in a far away world it gives this mystery that keeps you on your toes .
Bradbury’s The Sound of Thunder and Skurzynski’s Nethergrave are both good science fiction stories. Both of these stories are about scientific technology changing the life of an individual; however, certain underlying themes are different. In the former story, the main character, Eckels, faces harsh consequences due to a dire fear-driven mistake that he makes when using a new technological advancement to go back in time. In the latter, a boy name Jeremy chooses a virtual world over the real world where he feels embarrassed, awkward, and abandoned. However, both characters’ temperament is rather similar in some ways both being somewhat craven without being hardly virile.
Christian Flores WRC 1013-08 Ms Hudson October 16, 2012 Apollo 11 The myth busters are a group of scientist and special effects professionals that work together to solve their viewers questions about modern myths that deal with special effects for example, Apollo 11. They are made up of 5 people Adam Savage, Jaime Hyneman, Grant Imahara, Kary Byron, and Tory Belleci. Apollo 11 had and still has several conspiracy theories. One of the most common theories is that Apollo 11 was staged in a studio instead of being actual footage of man’s first steps on the moon. Since this is such an important part of history the myth busters wanted to prove that the Apollo 11 mission was in fact true.
Alien and Blade Runner are both slowly paced to allow the audience to absorb the world that the elaborate production design creates. The two films make you simmer in the world they present before the story really begins. Alien premiered in 1979 as a merge of sci-fi and horror. It depicted a polluted, resource-starved future where, despite living in a more advanced future, society still relies on the exploitation of the ‘blue collar’ people. A mining crew ordered by their employer, the “Company”, to investigate a possible alien presence in a mining colony.
This pursuit of knowledge and progress is not unlike that of the Nazi regime. Composed post WWII, the film also holds totalitarian overtones represented through Tyrell’s creation of a creature “more human than human” and Chew’s blindness to the ethical ramifications and moral obligations of his work (“I only do eyes”) in creating the eyes of the new human race (i.e. the future). Furthermore, Scott hints at the regressive nature of science through the interwoven elements of film noir and science fiction. The film also shows façades of twinkling, awe-inspiring lights with corrupt, dirty
A part where the movie and book differs is the types of body parts Victor Frankenstein comprises the monsters body with. In the book, Frankenstein believed he put together a beautiful body by providing yellow skin which would cover the workings of the muscles and arteries, long flowing black lustrous hair, and pearly white teeth. What Victor Frankenstein visualized as a beautiful creation turned out to be the complete opposite mental image of his creation. In today’s society, plastic surgery plays in a similar role in what Victor Frankenstein did in his goal of creating life. Some people have gone the lengths for physical alteration or to achieve the perfect body image via plastic surgery.