Frankenstein and Blade Runner Essay Notes

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Frankenstein and Blade Runner
Frankenstein
* Prometheus represents on who has defied and challenged the natural order; one who has transgressed on forbidden territory. His actions are not couched in connotations of courage or heroism but recognised as reckless and without any thought to the possible consequences. * Victor earns disregard and disdain through his insufferable egotism and unprincipled and reckless judgement. Time and time again, he fails to take responsibility for his own actions, ushering in destruction as a consequence of personal inadequacy. In thinking that he could become Godlike and bestow life, he was doomed to spend his final months of life suffering the extremity of grief and social isolation. * His behaviour becomes representative of humanity’s inability to cope positively with anything that happens to be different, frightening or ugly. His creature is deemed monstrous, with Victor fleeing in terror at the horrendous sight of what he has brought to life; “the horror of that countenance... a thing.” Having created this other being, Victor then focuses on his own despair. “I shunned the face of man; all sound of joy or complacency was torture to me; solitude was my only consolation – deep, dark, deathlike solitude.” * Obsession in Victor and the monster leads to physical and social isolation. Their destinies become entwined as roles become reversed and explorer becomes ice-bound captive, the hunted becomes the hunter, the man becomes the monster. “Mingled with this horror, I felt the bitterness of disappointment... dreams... were now become a hell to me and the change was so rapid, the overthrow so complete!” Unbridled ambition is shown to be a dangerous trait and coupled with insensitivity, it becomes monstrous. * Nature is used as an omnipotent force of foreshadowing the natural surroundings. Link between nature and the influential feelings of man is evident throughout the novel. Elevated vision of Mother Nature with the...
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