How Frankenstein and Blade Runner Invite a Conseideration of Humanity

Topics: Ethics, Age of Enlightenment, French Revolution Pages: 2 (710 words) Published: October 8, 2010
How Frankenstein and Blade Runner Invites consideration of humanity Both Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ and Ridley Scott’s ‘Bladerunner’ were created to invite consideration of humanity, that is, the social, moral and ethical views universally shared throughout to ensure the wellbeing of humans, being humane. Though these texts were written 160 years apart they both highlight questions of humanity and humanities direction. They are both concerned approaches dealing with the deterioration of societies moral and ethical values, a change in our view of humanity. ‘Frankenstein’ was written during a time in history when humanities views and ideas on what was considered ‘humane’ was rapidly changing within the age of enlightenment with the monarchy being challenged constantly with the American war of independence and the French revolution and the issue of slavery and the morals and ethics surrounding it. Also due to the age of enlightenment and the industrial age science and scientific discovery was experiencing a massive growth period with many aspects of ethics and thought for the future ignored which is seen in cases like Britain’s fascination with Egypt and its consequent “pillaging” of the nation, now seen as historical abomination but all under the pretence of discovery. This change in humanity is something Shelley questions extensively throughout her novel with Victor’s parallellism with society in the way he goes about his science ‘I was left with a Childs blindness added to a student’s thirst for knowledge’ this thirst for knowledge in victor was not accompanied by thought for the future it was the ‘childs blindness’ to go with his ‘ardent curiosity’ that created a ‘monster’. Frankenstein’s arrogance and ignorance is making a statement about humanity’s lust to be enlightened with ‘both eyes open, only to be blinded in one eye’ with the morals and ethics of our society lacking the support and discussion needed. tragic circumstance’s within Frankenstein are made...
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