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Victims Villains or heroes? Compare the ways in which men are presented in Bladerunner and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

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Victims Villains or heroes? Compare the ways in which men are presented in Bladerunner and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In Bladerunner and Cuckoos Nest Men can only Dubbed as victims, villains or heroes or a mixture of the three. Although all the male characters throughout the film and novel can be slotted into one or more of these attributes only the most significant characters for each of the attributes will be mentioned in detail. The ways in which the characters are presented not only comes through the character themselves but also through the use of literary techniques and in Bladerunner's case, film techniques such as lighting sound and camera angles. J.F. Sebastian and Billy Bibbit are the two main victims in the film and novel. ...read more.

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This is made obvious in Cuckoo's Nest when Billy betrays McMurphy towards the end of the story, turning him in to Ratched. The other victim, Sebastian betrays Tyrell by letting Roy into Tyrrell's building and in turn J.F. dies which is ironic as Billy also dies due to his betrayal. Although not your typical story-tale hero, Deckard is much like the classic film-noir hero, where there is less emphasis on the villain than the moral status of the main character. Deckard, like McMurphy can be considered to be anti-hero, for example, Deckard doesn't want to fit into society; he does this by saying that he cant speak city-speak and the only reason that he accepts the job of Bladerunner, which in turn makes him an involuntary hero, is to further distance himself from society by going to the ward. ...read more.

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for although he is actually a bad guy because of the things that he does are leagally wrong, we create an empathy for him because he is helping because he is helping out the weak minority and as Harding puts it, "he would hate to be called a good man." As a result of all the points covered it can be assumed that the role of men throughout the novel and film can only be fitted into the following characterisations, victims, villains or heroes. Subsequently it can also be said although men may appear to have different characteristics these characteristics can be traced to either being a victim, villain or hero. Also it can be assumed that although the men are fitted into these attributes, it is not the only attribute that they may possess. Jack Batty PES English Dr. Strangeways 1 ...read more.

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