Frankenstein and Blade Runner

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“In what ways does a comparative study accentuate the distinctive contexts of Frankenstein and Blade Runner?” Composed nearly 200 years apart with differing contexts, the Romanticist, Mary Shelly composed a gothic novel ‘Frankenstein’, in the Industrial Revolution era and the Age of Enlightenment which draws upon the rise of Galvanism. As well as the post modern, post apocalyptic film noir composed by Ridley Scott ‘Blade Runner’ reflects upon the increasing computing industry which changed the natural process of life. Hence, an analysis of both texts in light of their differing contexts reveal how Shelley and Scott warn us of the dire consequences of our desire for supremacy and unrestrained scientific progress, concepts which link the two texts through time. Written during the Industrial Revolution and in the Age of Enlightenment- Shelley’s Frankenstein can be interpreted as a warning to the technological curious. This curious nature leads Shelley to question the morality of Victor’s pursuit of knowledge and ambition foreshadowing his dehumanisation and tragic downfall as victim to his own creation. This was an attempt to foreshadow the potential dangers of technological advancements. Her warning of the dangerous of such actions is encapsulated within Victor’s retrospective words of “how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge”, whilst her use of fragmented language adds a disturbing sense of truth, foreshadowing the horrific consequences of Victor’s actions. Alluding to Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ retells Satan’s fall from grace where the monster’s associated with “the fallen angel” intensifies the effects of Victor’s rejection, ultimately transforming the monster’s “benevolent nature” into a thirst for vengeance. Shelley has characterised Victor and the Monster as elements of the unrestrained scientific progress. Victor represents society’s intent on pushing the boundaries and the monster represents the product of this curiosity or ambition, technology...
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