How does a comparative study of Frankenstein and Blade Runner bring to the fore ideas about the consequences of the desire for control?
Both ‘Frankenstein’ By Mary Shelley (1818) and ‘Blade Runner’ composed by Ridley Scott (1992) express the concerns of the dire consequences that come as a result of the need for control. These texts were heavily influenced by the rapid growth of technology although reflecting different eras. They highlight the dangers of excessive ambition and the threats to the natural world from different perspectives.
Both Mary Shelley and Ridley Scott warn of the negative impacts that can come of the need for excessive ambition and control. Shelley composed ‘Frankenstein’ at the time of the Industrial Revolution,
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‘Blade Runner’ highlights the impacts that greed of large corporations can have. It is clear that Ridley Scott feared the growth of the huge multinational corporations in the ‘greed is good’ decade. Ironically the film, ‘Blade Runner’, is set in Los Angeles, “The City of Angels” however it does not reflect the peaceful city of angels but rather a city of hell. In the opening shots it can be seen that the city is dominated by the artificial and technological driven world. The city is portrayed as one of darkness and pollution as a result of the Tyrell Corporation. Dr Tyrell is the embodiment of these large companies’ irresponsible obsession with profit. This is highlighted through the use of the owl which Deckard is told is artificial reminding us that the business of the corporation is all about commerce. The owl is further used as a symbol of the flawed vision of the Tyrell company with the owl blind in one eye. The eye motif is further used with the overly large glasses worn by Dr Tyrell showing that his sight is impaired. It is this blindness and flawed that ultimately leads to his demise when he is killed by his own creation. Excessive ambition can be utterly destructive if one does not learn to control it. Both composes share the concerns about the effects of ambition with the industrial growth in their different composing contexts. While Shelley warns of the threat of