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Frankenstein Essay

2019 words - 9 pages

The significant similarities between texts are more important than their differences
The gothic novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley written in 1818, and Ridley Scott’s ominous motion picture Blade Runner released in 1982, reflects the changing values and perspectives of society. The similarities are not more or less important than the differences. The similarities take on the role of assembling a link between the two texts through shared themes. However, an in-depth analysis of the texts reveals that the themes in Blade Runner are ideologically dissimilar to those of Frankenstein due to their differing contexts. Nature, creation and technology are three concepts, which are present in both ...view middle of the document...

Accordingly, Shelley implants heights of importance upon nature to expose both Romantic and Gothic values, baiting us to anticipate the consequences of disobeying the natural order.
Blade Runner was made in the post-modern age of globalization and technology when the value of nature was becoming insignificant. The realm of Blade Runner takes what Mary Shelly produced in Frankenstein on a whole new level. It explores the film noir genre through glazed cinematic effects, allowing the mode to draw attention to the idea of nature in a different light. While the film connects closely with Frankenstein through the emphasis on the natural environment, Blade Runner presents a synthetic, decayed, artificial world highlighted by Tyrell’s’ slogan: “Commerce is our goal”. This provides evidence that Blade Runner presents a change in worldview; man is depicted as a greater importance than nature itself. This validates the social context of the 20th Century, which saw an increasing disconnection to the environment as a result of over-population, corporate expansion and hyper-consumerism. This slogan is dramatically similar to the wall-street mantra at the time: “greed is good”, verifying a growing tendency to place economic growth and power above the environment.

Therefore, whilst Frankenstein depicts nature’s insurmountable revitalizing power, Blade Runner exemplifies ‘2019 LOS ANGELES’ as a wasted dystopia wounded by natural destruction. Parallel to Frankenstein, Scott counterparts Lucifer disturbing the natural order by presenting an over populated city produced by humanity cherishing the artificial. The introductory panoramic shot of the colossal Tyrell Corporation parades the societies dependence on technology throughout the 80’s, an era of increasing consumerism and commoditization and thus Shelley’s fears are nowadays the mundane of everyday life. Appreciating the artificial is noticeably delivered through the lack of nature; which in conjunction with the over populated city, embodies the untruthful understanding of a society, that in its place, ruthlessly values commercialized authenticity. The inside of the Tyrell pyramid portrays the artificial due to its symmetrical design, captured by panning shots. In contrast, the bonsai trees located in the chambers are put forward to show Tyrell’s desire to power nature. Relatively, the omnipresent gloom encompassing the ambient world represents the environmental fears of deforestation and global warming in the 80’s. Although Blade Runner appears to be similar to Frankenstein, it actually displays the dissimilar concerns of the different era’s values. In Frankenstein’s time, society valued nature to greater extent than that of Blade Runner’s era; where nature was increasingly becoming insignificant.
In a stark contrast to Blade Runner’s portrayal of the advancement of technology ‘taking over’ from nature, the theme of technology in Frankenstein is represented as a...

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