Frankenstein And Blade Runner Belonging Analysis

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“A deeper understanding of disruption and identity emerges from considering the parallels between Frankenstein and Blade Runner.”

Compare how these texts explore disruption and identity.

Frankenstein and BladeRunner both explore disruption and identity through the creators who have created life unethically and through the characters who were created and were abandoned. Shelley and Scott present the responder with a disrupted world where the relationships between nature and science and creator and created reflect disruption and identity. Despite being composed in differing contexts, when considered and compared together the meaning portrayed through these relationships are amplified through their distinct correlation to each other.
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Tyrell who parallels Victor as the God like figure in this text also explores the concept of Promethean life however differing on his motive being for economic exploitation. Scott despite being separated by over a century of context differentiation, composed his text amongst the issue of the dangers and immoralities of genetic engineering which essentially was the exact message warned by Shelley. In a similar fashion to Frankenstein, BladeRunner accentuates this disruption of society through the artificial, toxic filled environment absent of any sign of nature evident in the panoramic establishing shot of the opening scene. A jump shot to an extreme close up of an eye reflecting the urban wasteland further reinforces disruption through the biblical allusion of a higher being looking over a forsaken world. Disruption is also seen through the dysfunctional relationship between the creator and created. Tyrell being a victim of greed shows no regard for the life he creates which can be metaphorically represented as a father abandoning his child, much like Victor Frankenstein and the monster. This disruption is seen in, “Rachel is an experiment, nothing more”, as it emphasises the heartless disregard he has for his creation thus showing a disruption in …show more content…
Replicants being made to last for only a certain amount of time sought more life, however, as they were ‘used off-world as slave labour’ they too desired an improved quality of life like the monster in Frankenstein. Roy Batty who is referred to as the Prodigal Son in the confrontation between Tyrell and himself adds to the biblical reference used in conjunction with the close up of Batty’s face when he demands, “I want more life Father!” The dire tone and expression present in his face and voice allude to the growing concern for better lives for his society heavily influenced by consumerism. Furthermore, Scott shows identity through Tyrell’s mass scale economic exploitation of Promethean life as the replicants symbolise the society of Scott who are controlled by large commercial companies, “Commerce is our goal here at Tyrell”.

Both Shelley and Scott explore the notion of disruption and identity through the imbalance of science and nature, and the dysfunctional relationships of the creator and created. Despite the time of composition and context of each composer, both texts when compared together compliment each other in providing the same overreaching foreboding message about science and nature which has become the uncanny reality for the current

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