Depiction of Technological Advancements in Movies

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“With the progression of science and technology, mankind has gone through a devolutionary process of it’s humanity.”

Ceaseless technological progress to our society has adverse impact to the virtue of humanity. This notion is explored in Mary Shelley’s 1818 classic, Frankenstein, and Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Blade Runner. Manifested through these texts are the circumvention of the natural order and the devolution of man defined by their environment.

The circumvention of the natural order is brought about by the hubris of man. The evolution of Blade Runner and Frankenstein are parallels. Both composers, Scott and Shelley warn the audience of the advancement of technology and the impact towards man. Scott denotes this idea in Blade Runner through the death of Tyrell. Tyrell’s pursuit of knowledge blinded him, overstepping the boundary of humanity. He revolts against nature, by artificially creating replicants in hopes to gain status and power in his society. “Rachael is an experiment, nothing more” This quote objectifies Rachael as an “experiment” displaying the lack of Tyrell’s patriarchal figure. “Death; ah, well that's a little out of my jurisdiction” – this discerns Tyrell’s own obsessive perception of himself and his vanity. Yet, his oblivion is portrayed through high angle shots during the confrontation of Leon and Tyrell. Because of the high angle shot, Leon appears more superior to Tyrell implying Tyrell’s inferiority. His death is metaphoric, and an allusion to King Lear as both men had their eyes gouged due to their hamartia. Scott’s didactic implications refer to the consequences of obstruction of nature due to man violating their own boundaries.

The rebellion against nature is encouraged by man’s pursue to exceed their limits. Shelley expresses this through the allusion of the Ancient Mariner in Frankenstein. The metaphor is seen within the monster, created by Frankenstein. The monster is associated with Adam, however is subverted to...
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