Blade Runner and Frankenstein
Students compare how the treatment of similar content in a pair of texts composed in different times and contexts may reflect changing values and perspectives. By considering the texts in their contexts and comparing values, ideas and language forms and features, students come to a heightened understanding of the meaning and significance of each text.
Module A: Comparative Study of Texts and Context
This module requires students to compare texts in order to explore them in relation to their contexts. It develops students understanding of the effects of context and questions of value. Students examine ways in which social, cultural and historical context influences aspects of texts, or the ways in which changes in context lead to changed values being reflected in texts. This includes study and use of the language of texts, consideration of purposes and audiences, and analysis of the content, values and attitudes conveyed through a range of readings. Students develop a range of imaginative, interpretive and analytical compositions that relate to the comparative study of texts and context. These compositions may be realised in a variety of forms and media.
Past HSC Questions
* ‘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. * Analyse the ways in which a comparative study of Frankenstein and Blade Runner invites consideration of humanity’s connection with the natural world. * Texts in Time involves portrayals, in varying contexts, of the individual and the natural world. Analyse TWO differences between Shelley’s and Scott’s portrayals, making detailed reference to your prescribed texts. * How does a comparative study of Frankenstein and Blade Runner bring to the fore ideas about the consequences of the desire for control? In your response, make detailed reference to your TWO prescribed texts. * When they are considered together, how do Shelley’s and Scott’s representations sustain interest in humanity’s relationship with nature? * How has your perception of Texts in Time been illuminated by your comparative study of the prescribed texts? * You have studied two texts composed at different times. When you compared these texts and their contexts, how was your understanding of each text developed and reshaped. * In comparing your TWO texts you will have to become aware of how the contexts of the texts have shaped their form and meaning. Of more interest, perhaps is the comparison of the values associated with each text. To what extent has this point of view been your experience to your study of Texts in Time? * Compare how TWO prescribed texts you have studied explore the tension between humanity and the natural world.
Marking Centre Comments
* The essay written should integrate both texts and should be discussed in terms of common themes and concepts * Must have a good knowledge of the text and context of both texts * Most likely verb is EVALUATE
* Show HOW the creators create meaning with TECHNIQUES
* social, cultural, historical, personal context
* values, attitudes, content
* purpose, audience
* language, forms and features
* meanings and significance of texts
* Hubris and nemesis
* Film noir/Future noir
* Post human
* Genetic engineering
Creator| Ridley Scott|
Based on| Phillip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)| Context| The film was made in a time of rapid development in science and communication technology and commercialism. It coincided...