Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ and Ridley Scott’s ‘blade runner
How has the context of each of the composers affected the representation of their respective worlds an the place of nature in these world?
Context is something that should be considered when exploring how composers represent their respective worlds and the role of nature in it, in this essay I will explore techniques used by the composers to convey messages about nature in their texts and how it is subject to the context in which the texts were produced
In Frankenstein a major context of the time was Romanticism, a view that saw nature as a force to be in awe of as it had the power to both heal and destroy. it is obvious that Mary Shelly was heavily influenced by the romantics of her time from her book, when it come to the way that she describes the landscape in her world with great detail and the affect it has on victor “These sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving” (referring to the natural environment around him, the mountains.)
This context is different from blade runner as in the 1980’s was the first time the theory of global warming arose also a incident with a large oil leak played major roles in the general perspective of nature by society being shifted to the point where nature was viewed as threatened and that is need to be taken care of or it will be lost to us. Fears of what could happened are shown in Ridley Scott’s world of blade runner as it shows a world that is dark nearly 24/7 presumably caused by pollution, this world is also has a void of everything nature, there are no plant and the few animals that a seen through are all replicate animals or manufactured animals
Another relative context of Frankenstein has to do with technological advancement of the time in particular galvanism “He entered on the explanation of a theory which he had formed on the subject of electricity and galvanism”(after a tree had...
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