Comparison of Frankenstein and Bladerunner

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The creators of each abomination to ethics had different reasons for embarking on their projects. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein wishes to test what he has learned from alchemists, and their ability to give life through chemistry. He uses various human body parts to construct a being, which he gives life to. When he discovered that it was an ugly mistake he flees. As for Eldon Tyrell in Blade Runner, he created Replicants in an attempt to demonstrate the technology and genius to mass produce a perfect replica of a human in respect of appearance, intellect and strength. Both lacked foresight and empathy. They were uncaring of the needs and feelings of their creations. Frankenstein illustrates this through his lack of love to his creation, rejecting it and it’s wants and ultimately trying to track it down to stop it after the murder of his brother, William. Frankenstein also hides that his monster killed William, allowing someone else be killed, resulting in the loss of innocent lives. He also seems to not even care for it’s feelings when he promises and then doesn’t create a wife for the monster. Tyrell treats all his creations like a nerd to his action figure collection, seeing them only as his brilliant pieces of his own work. He only focuses on the fact that they are his achievements, not considering the feelings of his creations. This is evident when Rick Deckerd meets Tyrell to test Rachael. Tyrell seems highly accomplished at how life-like Rachael is, while at the same time disregarding any needs that Rachael has. Also, during his confrontation with Roy, who is seeking longevity, Tyrell explains that he made sure that extended life for Replicants would be impossible, resulting with the Replicant dying in the process. Both these men represent the modern creator, such as Steve Jobs. They all appear to have a lack of morals and contempt for all those around them and their creations, just selfishly wanting to prove their theories. The creations of both Tyrell and Frankenstein seem to seek freedom and to break the boundaries set by their creators. Frankenstein’s monster escapes the lab of his creator and runs amuck, which leads to the loss of innocent lives. The fact that Frankenstein created the being, and when finally animated, thought of it as hideous shows little fore-thought into the ethics of actually creating the monster. This should’ve been foreseen in creating the being out of cadavers. The monster develops emotions and senses correlating with those of a human. Facing rejection and lack of love from Frankenstein and the people around it, as well as being deformed, it senses that it is not acceptable sorrow fills it’s life. He was created to serve humans, but with all that is wrong, it is perhaps understandable that it would go on a path for vengeance. Replicants are made to serve humans too, doing the jobs that humans couldn’t perform on off-world colonies. They were better planned than the Monster, having a lifespan of no more than 4 years. With any Replicant defiant enough to make their way back to Earth, being taken down by a Blade Runner. The creations of Tyrell were made to be perfect and powerful. Though they have this, they still seek empathy, especially Roy. Roy is the leader of a group of Replicants who returned to Earth. He confronts Tyrell on the matter of extended life. Upon hearing Tyrell opposing all ways for longevity, he crushes Tyrell’s skull, starting with the eyes. This highlights the fact that Tyrell has pushed the boundaries too far. Also, the Replicants are made so well they have to be tested through their eyes for emotional responses. This proves the motto ‘More human than human’ shows that it was inevitable that they would become dangerous and their production unethical. Both composers appear to hold similar ideas and values on the ethics when creating a living being. Both explore the idea of technology to prolong the life that is given naturally. Shelley observes the human want for...
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