Module A: Comparative Study of Texts and Context
'The fear, anxiety and uncertainty of the future have shaped the composers' values as well as their perspective of their own society'. Compare how this idea is represented in Frankenstein and Blade Runner.
The 1818 Gothic Novel 'Frankenstein' written by Mary Shelley and the 1982 science fiction film 'Blade Runner' by Ridley Scott both challenge the values of the societies in which they have been set, expressing the composers' critique of the advancement in science and technology, the consequences of irresponsible creation and the hubris of an individual to overcome nature's power. It is through these common themes that the texts have the ability to represent and evoke fear, anxiety and uncertainty of the future. The late 1970's early 80's time period in which Blade Runner was composed saw a rapid progression within the scientific paradigm, particularly in areas such as genetic engineering and cloning; a context applied and intensified through the sci-fi/ film noir genre in order to expose the dystopian reality of a world of science and technology taken too far. The 2019 post- apocalyptic setting of down- town Los Angeles is a frightening vision of the future in itself; dark, decaying and polluted. However the deterioration of earth is further highlighted by the constant darkness that imposes the bustling streets, perpetual downpour of acid rain and the bombardment of technology such as neon advertising and projected announcements from off-shore colonies. This hauntingly unnatural image of the future depicted in the opening scene of the film, leaves much to the imagination of the audience, impressing a deep fear of what could be. The character of Tyrell in Blade Runner epitomises the world of scientific and technological advancement; withholding the ability to progress natural process by perfectly replicating the form of a human being, devoid of all emotions. Here, the line between technology and humanity is...
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