A Comparitive Study of Texts Comparing Alien (Film) & the Day of the Triffids

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*How has your understanding of the concept of ‘new found lands’ been* extended by a comparative study of your two texts? The novel, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham and the film, Alien directed by Ridley Scott, examine the concept of new found lands, by positioning the characters as well as us as the responders, into an unfamiliar world order where we are challenged to think beyond the confinement of our traditional boundaries. The new found lands are constructed within these texts not only through physical phenomena, but through self-analysis whereby a society is forced to reassess their own morals and ethics, and adapt both physically and emotionally to a new world. *My understanding and perception of new found lands has been extended by considering notions including the effects of corporate greed on a society, the implications of over-experimentation with *scien*ce*, as well as the vulnerability of humans when confronted by superior forms. Juxtaposing the two texts through a range of filmic and literary techniques allow us to compare and contrast the issues presented by each text, concerning the impacts of new found land on both an individual and a community. Wyndham challenges public concerns of the mid 20th century, that over-experimentation in science is man’s biggest error where interference with nature can create self destructive objects forms. The Triffids represent human’s experimentation with genetics where and are used to question moral and ethical values by reflecting upon the prior atomic bombing of Hiroshima in his time, where like the Triffids, science was no longer used to benefit the nation but to conversely destroy it, “sometimes it [an invention] cannot be allowed to occur”. Wyndham focuses on a new realm where man’s degradation of humanity and the determination for power becomes the sole purpose of life. This insight to human behaviour ensues from considering such new found lands. In Alien, the contribution of corporate greed to the...
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