To what extent has your comparative study of Frankenstein and Blade Runner developed your understanding of the personal struggles experienced by individuals?
Both Frankenstein and Blade Runner were created at times of great innovation and technological advancement. Although the texts have different and are separated by 200 years, they both share a concern to explore this issue and come to very similar conclusions. Both texts claim that to be truly human is to manifest qualities of self awareness and comparison for others. Both texts use the situation of the creation of another to explore the essential qualities embedded in our humanity. In Frankenstein, Shelley’s creature is lacking in a sense of parent child relationships. He narrates, “I am only malicious because I am miserable”. If he was nurtured at a young age he would have had morals. Victor didn’t give his creation the same childhood he had although Frankenstein does get the companion he always wished for as the two become as close as a parent and child. In Blade Runner, Tyrell refuses the parental role making the replicants emotionally infantile. In both texts there is only a father figure and also, both of the creations in the two texts have a desire to be human. Personal struggles are often caused by human societal impact. The story of Frankenstein is a prime example of how a person, or in this case a creature, can struggle to construct their own personal identity. Victor Frankenstein is horrified at the body of the now full of life Monster he has created. “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, and continued a long time traversing my bed-chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep”. From the second the monster took his first breath of life, his creator took flight from him, never to return and play the mentor role that is so important early on in a new life. With no one in the Monster’s life to teach him basic skills like speech, communication or...
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