Blade Runner and Frankenstein: A Comparison

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Texts, in order to effectively convey a message, commonly reflect on social views, attitudes and contextual values. A comparison between Ridley Scotts sci-fi thriller “Blade Runner: the Directors Cut” and the Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel “Frankenstein” will reveal that there are elements of human nature which will remain constant over time. These two texts reflect of the possibility of scientific and technological development and caution about possible physical and moral consequences of this development. The seductive nature of knowledge is explored in both texts as the fine line that separates man and monster is revealed as our capacity for true human emotion is questioned.

As a critique of scientific and enlightened rationalism, Shelley’s gothic text “Frankenstein” explores the duality of the human condition as man is capable of both good and evil. Walton’s letters portray man’s capacity for arrogance and moral blindness and foreshadow the subsequent folly committed by Dr Frankenstein. “The sun is for ever visible, its broad disk just skirting the horizon, and diffusing a perpetual splendor” Walton’s romantic ideals are juxtaposed with his own arrogance as he refers to Shakespeare’s play Macbeth “but success shall crown my endeavors. Wherefore not?” Shelley’s intertextual allusion to Macbeth portrays the arrogance Walton holds about his voyages success. Just as Macbeth was ambition, so to does Walton lose his moral direction on his question for discovery. This aptitude is characteristic of romantic writers in the 1700’s who similarly used to romantic writing styles to contrast mans moral blindness. Similarly, Ridley Scott also explores the moral blindness of humans as the pragmatism of the 80’s is reflected though the loss of god in the dystopian 2019 Los Angles. Through corporate prosperity, Scott suggests that god has been replaced by the creator, Tyrell. “Nothing the god of bio-mechanics wouldn’t let you in heaven for” the direct allusion of...
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