Blade Runner and Brave New World: Consequences of the Destruction of a Natural Lifestyle due to Totalitarianism

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“In The wild” pertains to the naturally occurring world, therefore to be “In The Wild” is to maintain naturally occurring rhythms and process and to uphold a natural state of being. The novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott explores the consequences of the destruction of a natural lifestyle when the lifestyle of the individual is being dictated by totalitarian power intent on manipulating and controlling the natural environment. The contexts of both texts provide meaning into the values placed upon society in that time, and why the composers have questioned and criticized these values through their respective texts. Brave New World attempts to address communism through the production line style of humanity, human conditioning and social experiments such as the Bokanovsky process. Following the first world war many European countries fell into a state of disillusionment and economic depression where governments and individuals alike were grappling for security and a sense of identity. The masses become dissatisfied with their governments which urged for a shift from democracy to a totalitarianism control to gain some sense of reassurance. Huxley satirises these perceptions mainly by the World State Motto “Community, Identity, Stability” and continues to show the global community under the complete control of the government. With the world in economic disarray Henry Ford’s division of labour process became popular where maximum efficiently was sought through specialisation, this is illustrated through the Bokanovsky process. Blade Runner on the other hand focuses on the effect of capitalism and commerce and the ecological sustainability of our lifestyle. Globalisation and the proliferation of multi-million dollar corporations threatened our individualistic society, this is seen by the Tyrell Corporation. The growing wealth of Asian ‘tiger’ economies became an economic threat to Western countries, Scott attempts to show...
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