Inability to control/Knowledge:
The aspect of man’s inability to control his creation is influenced by his quest for greater knowledge. In Shelley’s Frankenstein, biblical references and archaic language are used to heighten the severity of transcendental undertones; “thou hast made me more powerful than thyself…I will be mild and docile to my natural lord and king.” This alludes to Victor as the divine creator and questions his motives in his attempt to conceive life. Victor has lost power over his creation, which contradicts Christian dictum. This implies the unquestionable, all-knowing Creator should be superior to his creation. This is Victor’s failure, as he loses dominance over the Monster, suggesting the prophetic destruction of mankind. This is exemplified by the Monster’s command, “You are my creator, but I am your master- obey!”
A similar notion can be seen in Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ with the chess match between Tyrell and Sebastian. While Tyrell utilises the black pieces, the Replicants, Roy and Sebastian, are represented by the white. This is symbolic of the fight of good- against- evil while the recreation of a game during the nineteenth-century sees the Replicants surpass the humans. The loss of control from the maker in this chess game is a metaphor for life and is accentuated by a close-up shot of Tyrell with the chess pieces in the foreground, exposing his vulnerability at the hands of the Replicants. This also raises the ethical quandary of man playing God, and Ridley Scott questions man’s over-ambitious nature and arrogance to the consequences. Tyrell’s separation from his ‘off-spring’ is criticised by Roy, “It’s not an easy thing to meet your maker”, heightened by an over-the-shoulder camera shot to further separate the “prodigal son” from his patriarch. The love from the father figure is the aspect that Roy and the Monster crave for; instead they are rejected by their makers. This is a catalyst for the destruction they cause, highlighting...
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