Frankenstein vs. Bladerunner

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As society changes around us, we spot things we never noticed before: high divorce rates, murder rates, and drug use just to name a few. James Riddley-Scott and Mary Shelley noticed and had a fear of child abandonment. In Frankenstein, Shelley explores this subject through the viewpoint of a man, Victor, who creates a child so hideous that he cannot bear to look at it, and consequently deserts it. In Blade Runner Scott explores this matter through a businessman, Tyrell, who makes replicants of humans, the Nexus 6, gives them only four years to live, and sells them as slaves. The children of these creators turn out to be smarter and more human than expected, and revolt against the way society treats them, giving us all a lesson in parenting and child development.

In Shelleyfs Frankenstein, Victor brings a monster to life only to abandon it out of fear and horror. gThe beauty of the dream had vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my hearth (Shelley, 35). The reader must question the ethics of Victor. After all, he did bring this creature upon himself. This renunciation later comes to haunt Victor, and hurts his creation more than Victor can ever imagine. When Victor leaves the monster, Shelley is exploring abandonment by the parent. Later in the novel, when the monster tries to confront Victor and Victor shows that he does not want any part of the Monster by saying gBegone, vile insect! Or rather, stay, that I may trample you to dust!h(74). Shelley is showing us that the monster is not being nurtured, as a child should. Blade Runner also looks at the roles of parenting and abandonment. When first meeting Tyrell, Roy states, gIt's not an easy thing to meet your makerh, Scott reveals that the Nexus 6 have been discarded by their family, and have had a lack of a loving relationship throughout their lives.

The idea that parents play a double role as parent and creator continues throughout the stories. Tyrell is looked at as a parent and a way for a longer life. Sebastian and Roy meet Tyrell by riding in an elevator as though acceding to heaven where Tyrell lives. When they enter the businessmanfs bedroom, Tyrell demandingly asks Sebastian, gmilk and cookies been keeping you awake?h just as a father would talk to his son. In Frankenstein, Victor is viewed as a father or God figure that can create another life, an Eve for his Adam. His monster must ascend to a high, cold, purgatory-like mountain before he can ask him for a companion. "I suddenly beheld the figure of a man, at some distance, advancing towards me with superhuman speed. He bounded over the crevices in the ice, among which I had walked with caution...and I felt a faintness seize me; but I was quickly restored by the cold gale of the mountains. I perceived, as the shape came nearer that it was the wretch whom I had created" (98). During these confrontations both creations ask their creators to correct the flaw that has driven them to cause so much death and despair: "Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you and the rest of mankind. If you will comply with my conditions, I will leave them and you at peace; but if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death" (99). Unfortunately, neither Victor nor Tyrell do as they are asked, and in the end, die because of it. The monster and Nexus 6 are only asking that they get what they think they deserve; a life worth living, and a life long enough to enjoy. They have lived a horrible life because of their parents, and are looking for some kind of consolation. Here we begin to see that the newly created beings have developed an awareness of their mistreatings.

The parent is a way to trace a path of existence, which becomes important in both texts. In order to reveal who is a replicant, the Voight-Kampf test is given. This is a test to find a personfs emotional responses. Nexus 6 are supposedly made without emotions, and therefore easily discovered by monitoring certain...
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