'Man is in truth a miracle'. Man is believed to be born pure, through societal influence an individual may be shaped and their characteristics moulded, this theme is explored in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. Another important and recurring concept covered in both Shelley's Frankenstein and Scott's Blade Runner is the creation of life. This creation is physically superior and intellectually equal of its creator. Through either a desire 'to live' or to want more out of life, this creation rebels and rises against its creator. Due to their differing social, historical and personal contexts, the similar thematic concerns and issues, examined in both are representative of changes in the values and perspectives of society. Mary Shelley's story of the new Prometheus is the only gothic novel that still reaches a wide and appreciative audience. Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" - The Directors Cut was released in 1993, and was and still is considered a confronting film. Contemporary morals and issues at the time are explored and contrasted with a dystopian future setting.
During Shelley's time, science had already established itself as separate from literature and art, embracing logic, reason and the rational over the Romantic. Frankenstein appears to take on the form of an instructive tale, warning against the forces of science. Shelley utilises the element of horror as part of the Gothic genre Frankenstein is written in, this is most evident when describing some of Victor Frankenstein's scientific procedures, through imagery, metaphor and personification. Ridley Scott's context of globalization has resulted in a different vision of the future. Technological advancements saw a gradual transition from the industrial age to the informative era. Environmental issues have formed a film in which the cost of commerce has been the death of nature. The opening aerial shot is of an industrialized, polluted city. Throughout the film towers, flames and...
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