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Brave new world & blade runner essay. Both Brave New World and Blade Runner: Directors Cut, successfully portray the convergence of mans continual struggle for the control of stability with the natural world

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Both Aldous Huxley composer of Brave New World, and Ridley Scott director of Blade Runner: Directors Cut, explore the inevitable deficit to human nature as a consequence of the rapid development of civilisation. Both composers strive to portray the convergence of man's enduring contest for the control of stability with the natural world, which is the essence of the concept of 'In the Wild'. Although the composers are separated by five decades of human experience, their respective contextual concerns inform their explorations of the impossible parallel between promoting social stability without compromising individual freedom. Huxley and Scott uphold the concluding realisations that of societal stability defined as a means of safety and comfort rather than engineered control, which signals the dire need for humanity's return to nature and to discover the 'wild' within. Through Huxley's novel, Brave New World, the contextual concerns of individuality and our 'wilderness' are highlighted through the rejection and mocking of excessive stability. The composer personifies the 'wild' within the savage whose starkly characterisation contrasts with the remaining characters in their lifeless and monotonous, lack of, characterisation. This notion can be likened to Huxley's contextual concerns of rising communism within the 1920's and 1930's, where the idea of the individual was overturned and erased. ...read more.

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Scott's contextual concerns of consumerism and individuality provide a valid vehicle through which the composer questions the concept of humanity, and in a sense what it means to be 'wild'. Scott represents the 'wild' as that of irrational action, notably through the characterisation of Roy Batty, who needlessly kills previous characters in the film, but in the final sequence, saves Deckard's life as he is unable to save his own and ironically grasps a fleeting sense of the meaning of life. Scott's contextual influences and concerns of; the rise in power of multinational corporations, globalisation and genetic engineering assist in the severity and drastic nature of the setting, characters and lack of lighting. Through these contextual concerns the thematic concerns of the depravation of individuality, correlated with the concept of 'in the wild', and the emphasis on consumerism, are visibly apparent in the final sequence of the film. The rise in the power and control of multinational corporations during the 1980's stemmed the increase in consumerism and corporate greed, which assisted in the increasing economic integration and the breaking down in barriers between countries, allowing technologies to be shared and the birth of multiculturalism. ...read more.

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Similarly, in the adaptation of Huxley's Brave New World, the composer accentuates a whip that the Savage uses to inflict pain upon himself, related to his desire to feel, an act symbolic of Opus Dei's mortification of the flesh, mimicking Christ and his suffering. Scott's use of animal imagery throughout the text's sequence, demonstrates symbolic gestures and the embodiment of the 'wild'. The final image viewed in the sequence is that of the dove flying in mid air, the universal symbol of freedom. The release of the dove from Roy transformed him into a life giving figure, thus reminding the viewer of the foundation of humanity. The liberation of the natural dove represents the critical symbolic gesture which has both religious dimension, in terms of the dove being part of Christian mythology, and a final acceptance upon the terms of life, creating a sense that the replicant was "more human than human" as he was able to process emotions. Both Brave New World and Blade Runner: Directors Cut, successfully portray the convergence of man's continual struggle for the control of stability with the natural world, that of the concept of 'in the wild'. Despite the texts' alternate contextual influences, their intrinsic thematic concerns ensures an overriding parallel in their validity in the exploration of the loss of individuality through technological advancements and the quest for freedom from predetermined control. ...read more.

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