Essay on Frankenstein Blade Runnar

917 Words Oct 6th, 2012 4 Pages
Module A
Satvik Sekhar
Although the comparative study of texts in time offers insight into humanity’s changing values, it is the portrayal of common, contextually resonating concerns which continue to engage us timelessly. Despite their divergent media and compositional milieus, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein (1818) and Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner (1982) share ongoing anxieties regarding unrestricted technological growth and social decay. By examining these texts together as social commentaries which are shaped by their Regency and contemporary contexts, we come to a heightened understanding of human nature and its flaws.
When considered together with Blade Runner, Shelley’s early 19thC novel Frankenstein reveals ongoing social
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Similarly, Deckard’s continually stooped posture and ignorant tone as he declares that “replicants are like any other machine” explicates his emotional malaise due to his perpetual isolation in Blade Runner. Shelley, as a pioneering 18thC feminist, challenges the Industrial Revolution’s endowment of men with increasing financial and political power through the angelic portrayal of women in Frankenstein. Just as cameo lighting shrouds Rachel in her introductory scene to symbolise her sanctity in Blade Runner, Shelley employs divine imagery to describe Elizabeth as “heaven sent, and bearing a celestial stamp” in order to portray her graceful persona. Such a depiction by Shelley ultimately resonates with the characterisation of replicants in Blade Runner as the human ideal, in order to didactically provide responders with values that humanity should strive towards.
However, unlike Frankenstein’s emphasis on the potential pitfalls of disrupting accepted societal values, Scott’s Blade Runner criticises the 20thC society’s already decayed interpersonal ideologies. As Bryant consults with Deckard, the cross-cutting between the pair, as well as their being shrouded in cigarette smoke, accentuates their isolation and affirms the disintegration of communal ties in society. Likewise, the characterisation of Tyrell as an isolated persona resulting from his usurpation of the role of creator is an intertextual reference to Victor

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