Frankenstein and Blade Runner
Humanity’s unrestricted pursuit of scientific knowledge and consequent usurpation of the omnipotent role of God ultimately results in disruptions of the natural order of nature and humanity along with the scrutiny and criticism of mankind’s innate identity.
- Tyrell and Frankenstein’s Prometheus-like ambitions to achieve scientific advancements.
- Socially criticise humanity’s flawed identity through the juxtaposition of humanity’s monstrosities with the humane nature of artificial beings.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1818 gothic science fiction novel Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, dystopian film noir
- Romantic, natural environment, criticism of man’s ...view middle of the document...
- Tyrell’s power is not everlasting, results in Roy Batty destroying his eyes in the end.
- Motif of the eye: close up shots of Tyrell’s simulacra owl become symbolic for mankind’s distorted, artificial wisdom and unnatural vision of the world.
- Symbolism of light: close up shots of Tyrell and Batty to accentuate emotion and use of flickering lights to depict Tyrell’s death, depicts uncertainty and instability of scientific knowledge.
- Tyrell’s knowledge leads to the dominance of entire dystopian worldspace.
- Natural order of natural environment is disrupted: total absence of nature as a result of technological advancements.
- Juxtaposition between the natural and unnatural environment expressed through contrast between snowy mountain tops at Mount Blanc, dark and desolate environment within Frankenstein’s lab
- Rejection of Galvanism (Galvani’s concept of electricity as a dominant force).
- Monster utilises nature as a refuge from humanity, pathetic fallacy to foreshadow future events, “rain depressed me, I was miserable”, monster’s artificiality has no place in natural environment.
- Symbol of fire shows the dichotomous effects of pursuit of knowledge, light can represent knowledge yet be destructive. - Total absence of nature.
- Symbol of light: light is artificial, establishing shos of...