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Blade Runner and Frankenstein

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English Essay Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner both explore similar concepts through differing contexts, reflecting differing values and perspectives. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was written in 1818 during the Romantic period when it was believed that science was forcing humanity away from nature, the industrial revolution and the notion that science needs to be restrained. Ridley Scott takes the position of it is too late to return to nature as science and man have destroyed it. Both texts focus around three themes; the transgression of the natural order because of unrestrained science which results in a dystopic setting, man's inability to cope with the moral and ethical responsible of being creator/god and the alienation or othering leading to the breakdown of the social order. Through the exploration of these ideas both texts ultimately question what is it to be human - they examine whether we are part of the natural world or other than it; whether we have ore in common with god or life. ...read more.

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By creating life Victor has gone against the great chain of being, disrupting the established natural order and ultimately in the after creating the monster he realizes this. "How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge...he who aspires to become greater than his nature will disallow?" In contrast Blade runner presents a much more hopeful outlook as the creation of the replicants is virtually perfect. "You're quite a prize... extraordinary things; revel in your time." Furthermore Scott suggests that we can create life that is better than humanity. (Shelley because of the Christian paradigm would not go there.) - But Scott agrees that we cannot bear the moral or ethical responsibilities of being creator. In regards to social fragmentation/alienation it is apparent that both texts explore the idea of alienation as it is a function o the human condition. In regards to Frankenstein it is apparent that the text represents an individual's othering from society, as the monster is clearly not accepted by others. "I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me." ...read more.

Conclusion

It is the scene that Deckard says to Rachael that her memories are implanted. The concept of memory in the film is tightly linked with vision; recall Roy's quote "I have seen things you people wouldn't believe". When Rachael is accused that her memories are fake she defends herself by saying that she remember seeing these things. Her words are significant because our character is structured mainly by memories, and memories in most cases include visual information. Our memories determine the way we see the world and largely determine the way we behave (Saini, 1996). In Rachael's case seeing is not believing. She has fake eyes, therefore fake memories and therefore fake (replicant) behaviour. The other replicants are aware of that fact and perhaps from insecurity they celebrate their own memories, hence, "I have seen things you people wouldn't believe". Eyes in the film constitute the means by which the audience comes in contact with the replicants. Most of their characteristics, actions and beliefs are associated with eyes. Eye symbolism is finally the means by which the parallel of Tyrell and human god is achieved. ...read more.

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There is some useful work here and insight into the texts demonstrated, but the essay is irritatingly loose in both its logical development and its grammatical structure. Paragraph structure and lexical features are mostly well managed but there are many small slips in word form and verb formations. Finally, the essay ends with no summary of findings or conclusions drawn.

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