Texts, in order to efficiently communicate a message, commonly review social views, mindsets and contextual values. A contrast in between Ridley Scotts sci-fi thriller “Blade Runner: the Directors Cut” and the Mary Shelley’s timeless gothic book “Frankenstein” will expose that there are aspects of human nature which will stay consistent over time. These two texts show of the possibility of clinical and technological advancement and care about possible physical and ethical repercussions of this development.
The sexy nature of knowledge is explored in both texts as the fine line that separates guy and beast is revealed as our capability for true human feeling is questioned. As a review of scientific and informed rationalism, Shelley’s gothic text “Frankenstein” explores the duality of the human condition as man is capable of both good and wicked. Walton’s letters represent male’s capacity for conceit and moral loss of sight and foreshadow the subsequent recklessness committed by Dr Frankenstein. The sun is for ever visible, its broad disk just skirting the horizon, and diffusing a continuous elegance” Walton’s romantic perfects are juxtaposed with his own conceit as he refers to Shakespeare’s play Macbeth “however success shall crown my ventures. Wherefore not?” Shelley’s intertextual allusion to Macbeth depicts the arrogance Walton holds about his voyages success. Simply as Macbeth was aspiration, so to does Walton lose his moral instructions on his question for discovery. This ability is particular of romantic writers in the 1700’s who similarly used to romantic writing styles to contrast mans ethical blindness.
Likewise, Ridley Scott likewise explores the moral loss of sight of humans as the pragmatism of the 80’s is reflected though the loss of god in the dystopian 2019 Los Angles. Through corporate prosperity, Scott recommends that god has been replaced by the developer, Tyrell. “Nothing the god of bio-mechanics wouldn’t let you in heaven for” the direct allusion of Tyrell to “the god of bio-mechanics” shows that Tyrell, as the owner of the supreme corporation in the world has been elevated to a god like status, showing the significance of business dominance in the 80’s.
As Roy faces Tyrell, the creator plays with an extravagant, human like chess set, symbolic of his god like status over humans. Tyrell’s eyes are hidden behind the glare of his glasses as he peers over the figures, his tone as he confronts Roy is big-headed as he specifies “the light that burns two times as brilliant, burns half as long, and you have actually burned so bright” the objectification of Roy dehumanizes and belittles the replicant and depicts Tyrell’s control and dominance over humankind. Mankind has been embedded with the capability to commemorate the divinity of nature and this appreciation of the natural world is a crucial element of the human spirit.
Shelley’s text “Frankenstein” reflects the Romantic’s pantheistic view of god and nature as the two are inextricably linked. The Romantic belief that god is revealed through the natural world is revealed as Frankenstein takes solace in the superb appeal of nature. “The vary winds whispered in relaxing accents, and maternal nature bade me weep no more” the personification of the wind and contrast of natural to a mom shows the romantic impacts over Shelley as nature is represented as divine and remarkable. Likewise, other characters in the novel also admire the majesty of nature.
Walton, in his letters, reviews the appeal of the Artic on his trip “Cruising over a calm sea, we may be wafted to a land surpassing in wonders and in charm every region hitherto discovered on the habitable world” Walton fascination with the discovery and exploration of the Artic also replicates Shelley’s romantic perfects, showing the romantic authors common pre-occupation with the pristine domain of the artic. The dangers of circumventing the natural order are likewise explored in Ridley Scotts “Blade Runner: The Directors Cut”. The text reflects how nature has been jeopardized for commercial earnings of multinational corporations.
The soaring oblique electronic camera angle and the hellish image of fire, deals with the significant, spooky music at the start of the movie to recommend the capitalistic world has actually ruined the natural world for the production of revenue. The movie noir strategy utilized throughout the film adds a sense of lifelessness to the Los Angles environment and offers contrast to Frankenstein, where nature is respected and revered. Scott uses his text to didactically caution the audience about the deterioration of the natural surroundings as the capitalist world of Los Angles and the on world colony has ended up being degraded urban sprawl devoid of natural life.
In Blade Runner, the natural world is represented by the breakdown of the physical environment. In Frankenstein, the natural world is broken down ethically as the creator defies the natural order. Ultimately both texts caution versus the understanding that all progress is helpful. Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ridley Scotts Blade Runner each obstacle human supremacy as the developed is depicted as moral, mentally and physically exceptional to their developer. The Replicants in Scotts Blade Runner obstacle this Darwinian view of human supremacy as, in contrast to the people of LA 2019; they are emotive, thoughtful and moral. All those minutes will be lost in time, like tears in rain” the raw feeling revealed by Roy as his image is silhouetted against filtered blue light life reflects the aspects of mankind that have actually been lost in the dystopic world as the replicants are the only beings capable of real emotive, human behavior. Similarly, Shelley’s Frankenstein represents the turnaround of the Darwinian Theory with Frankenstein producing a being superior physically and mentally to man.
Shelley uses the Romantic belief of the loss of innocence, shown in the inter-textual allusion to Milton’s “Paradise lost” as the beast is represented as kindhearted and being capable of both empathy and love, similar to guy before his expulsion from the Garden of Eden. “I should be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from delight for no misdeed” the scriptural allusion to Adam and the Devil depict the beasts human aspects as he is shown as caring, smart and munificent “I was kindhearted and excellent, misery made me a fiend” contrasting Frankenstein who seems incapable of revealing human feeling.
Shelley utilizes the competition between Victor and his Animal to show the hostility in between the devil and god in Milton’s epic poem “Paradise lost”, Shelley was influenced by her hubbies composing on the poem and utilized his basic analysis to present the antagonism between Frankenstein and his monster.
Regardless of the different contexts of both Shelly’s Frankenstein and Scott’s Blade Runner, each texts shows comparable themes and a more understanding and greater understanding of context allows the reader to hold a much deeper gratitude of the texts. Both texts challenge our assumption that knowledge is helpful and expose the physical and moral consequences of circumventing the natural order. Nevertheless the 2 texts question our more primal practices as each they question to what level our human nature has remained the exact same.