Essay on Comparative Studies of Bladerunner and Frankenstein

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Compare the ways in which texts offer insights into the human experience.
Every text is a product of its time. In Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, she uses the gothic horror genre to explore some of the concerns of her time relating to the use of science and technology and its impact on humanity. Similar concerns are also present in Ridley Scott’s “Bladerunner”, a futuristic text which combines science fiction and film noir to present a bleak view of a future world overrun by technology and consumerism, but devoid of human emotion. Both these texts offer insights into the human experience namely between man and science and man and nature.
In both these texts, the main concerns of their time was that the nature and effect on scientific
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Like the mythical Prometheus, his crime which was playing god and trying to create life which leads to disastrous consequences. “I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen Angel,” this biblical allusion shows the monster’s fall from grace, from being an angel then a “devil”.
When Victor realises the repercussions of his actions, he shows remorse for his obsession with science called them “my unhallowed arts,” because using science to recreate life goes against God and Nature. Furthermore, “I wandered like an evil spirit, for I had committed deeds of mischief beyond description ...” shows his guilt. Interestingly he abandons the science of the logic of the Era of Enlightenment and embraces some of the ideals in nature when he later seeks refuge in Nature and reconciliation with God in Nature, “The sound of the river raging among the rocks... of a power mighty as Omnipotence.” Here Shelley uses pathetic fallacy to illustrate the power of nature over human science. Thus Frankenstein serves as a warning to those who meddle with science for their own vain and glory destroying their relationship with nature and the world around them.

Similarly in “Blade Runner”, the world that the characters live in is of a hellish state showing man’s abuse of nature and effect of scientific research when divorced from ethical and moral

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