Frankenstein and Blade Runner

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‘A deeper understanding of disruption and identity emerges from considering the parallels between Frankenstein and Blade Runner.’ Compare how these texts explore disruption and identity. (2009 HSC) “I wander through each chartered street, near where the chartered Thames does flow, and mark in every face I meet, Marks of weakness, marks of woe.” This is William Blake’s protest about the degradation of mankind as a result of men’s progression. William Blake as a first generation Romantic is significant during Shelley’s time as he develops these ideas on humanity. Nature in the presence of scientific advancement and the changing treatment of the underclass are ideas which exist in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.” The values of scientific improvement circle around the limits that are exploited by mankind leading to consequences which are detrimental. Whilst, in the context of the Industrial Revolution during the 19th century, the noticeable rise of the merchant class breached barriers of ethical and moral considerations on how the underclass were treated. I, Danny, seek to nourish you as my audience to understand how these values and ideas illuminate their context and essentially impose universal meaning and timelessness. During Shelley’s time the Industrial Revolution was a colossal movement, which displayed the rise of urbanization. Imagine this: you are walking down an aisle sandwiched between two escalating torn factories with black smoke roaring, clawing towards the murky sky. These were the conditions which led the Romantics to value the powers of nature. In respect to these notions gothic imagery is displayed in nature “the moon gazed my midnight labors” Shelley imposes supernatural elements of nature which emphasize a sense of thrill and excitement which existed during Shelley’s context of scientific capabilities. Furthermore, nature itself has the ability to console the individual. We identify this in “the sky was serene […]...
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