Text In Time Frankenstein And Blade Runner

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The texts in time elective allows us to compare how a treatment of similar content in a pair of texts composed in different contexts may reflect changing values.

How has this been revealed though your comparative stuffy of Frankenstein and Blade Runner?

By juxtaposing texts, their paradigmatic undercurrents emerge, with timeless scientific and ontological concerns transcending contextual discrepancies. Shelley’s 1818 gothic novel, Frankenstein, written in response to the Industrial Revolution, and its prospering advancements, values the moderation of scientific endeavour connected to the enlightenment. Similarly Scott’s neo-noire film, Blade Runner is in response to the impact of ...view middle of the document...

Ultimately Frankenstein is portrayed as a cautionary figure, revealing the consequences of relentless scientific endeavour.

Whilst Shelley offers her criticism of Frankenstein’s overreaching desires via her protagonist, Scott depicts the hazardous consequences of the pursuit of power prevalent in the Globalised 20th century ‘free-market” capitalism, on a wider scale of social disparity. The visualization of LA 2019 highlights the natural environment and its receding role in the future. The opening panoramic montage accentuates man-made structures overwhelming nature, further Scott employs a predominantly dark mis-en-scene punctuated only with minimal light that stems from artificial sources, this depiction of an urbanized dystopia reflects the consequences of unrestricted, amoral advancement. Further Scott’s condemnation of capitalism and mourning for past values is portrayed in the symbolic imagery of Tyrell’s Ziggurat, conveying an idolatrous society based around capitalist values. Further the creation of replicants to fulfill capitalist interests parallels Shelley’s portrayal of Frankenstein, however, Scott instead portrays creation as a legitimate industry, whereby replicants illustrates that morality has been forgone due to Tyrell’s commercial and social monopoly. Ultimately Scott’s depiction of a rampant commercial society evokes a more calamitous reaction when compared to Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Shelley continues her critique of the Enlightenment Era by examining the moral dilemma in Victor’s attempt to transcend and control nature. . Shelley’s use of Gothic language in “its unearthly ugliness rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes” highlights Frankenstein’s revulsion at seeing his benevolent dream turned into a nightmare, rendering his creation a “Monster”. Leading to his refusal to recognise his creation and take responsibility, displaying the irony of his earlier assertion that “a new species would bless me as its creator”. Upon his confrontation...

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