Blade Runner and Frankenstein: Comparison

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The most interesting aspects of texts written in different times is seeing the differences in what people value. To what extent does your study of Frankenstein and Blade runner support this statement?

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ridley Scott’s Blade runner although created in different times and contexts are both used to comment on their society and explore the values and perspective held during their times. Mary Shelley’s context is heavily reflected in Frankenstein, with the discovery of electricity and the growth of the industrial revolution mirrored in her book by the creation of the monster, shows the detrimental effect unrestricted use of the technological advancements can have and how it can lead to destruction. Blade runner also confronts the idea that human actions due to their increase in power by technology is leading to the extinction of nature and to the downfall of society.

Both texts show humans playing god and abusing their knowledge and power for creation. Tyrell and Victor both create life, which Shelley and Scott use to question in these societies, what it means to be human. In Frankenstein, the monster is educated and intelligent, at first kind and shows compassion and sympathy by helping the De Lacey family with their chores and saving the girl from the river, yet he is still shunned and shown no sympathy by society because of his appearance. In Blade Runner, the replicants are so well created that the only way to distinguish them from the humans is through a Voight Kampf test, which measures the patient’s empathy. Ridley Scott uses this test to show that emotions and feelings are what it means to be human yet compassion and understanding seem to don’t seem to be shown by a single human in the film. Deckard is able to gun down and retire every replicant no questions asked, without even considering he is ending someone’s life, yet when Roy has the opportune moment to gain revenge and end Deckard’s when he is hanging from the edge...
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