The setting of the modern day in comparison to Frankenstein and Blade runner raise related issues linked to beliefs and the common nature of humans. Throughout the years of Mary Shelley’s life, the industrial revolution had just begun and the age of science had begun which was tested by the movement of the romantics of that time which caused a change that raised the significance of the practices that nature could give and condemned the industrial revolution for its destruction of the natural environment. The fictional revolution of the time is obvious in Shelley’s unique style which is matching to the main body, thus distancing from the once common structured narrative, this era’s influence is evident in Scott’s modern simulation of sci-fi and film noir. This lets Shelley take a collection of views through a stream of awareness, taking her romantic morals about the normal world and its understanding.
Family is an important connection in both texts. In Frankenstein, the monster requests the right to have a companion due to its sheer loneliness caused by society’s lack of acceptance and disgust of the creature. (Even his creator looks at him with disgust). The denial of the monsters companion draws the monster to evil, causing him to kill all people close to Victor Frankenstein. Giving the audience an uncertainty of who is ‘wretch and evil”. Similarly, in Blade Runner, there is a great deal of irony shown when it is seen that the replicants are ‘more human than human’ by the way that they stick together as a family and show great emotion when they witness the death of a loved one. Roy, Pris, Leon and Zhora are a group of replicants who act as a family. When Zhora dies, Leon sees this and goes on a murderous rampage in an attempt to kill Deckard. This is also seen from Roy when Pris is killed. This shows similarities between Roy and Leon towards Frankenstein’s monster that has a massive increase in anger and evil when they are denied the right to survive with a companion. All due to the creators lack of selflessness.
These two texts determine the link between nature and science, offering different related criticism. In Frankenstein, inspiration excels Victor, his feelings are expressed when he says that ‘no one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success’. This highlights the perfectionistic opinion of emotion as an endless basis of motivation as was the works of nature. The crippled world presented in Blade runner also discusses ethics of the normal world though through an opposite standard. The crippled world has been used as a symbol to discover fears within modern culture. Here Scott used the genre of science fiction to comment that the future worlds of science fiction are actually fatal reflections of the present. The initial wide panning shot of a futuristic America gives the audience an invitation to criticize the environmental world presented.
Both men fail as creators, ignoring their ethical responsibility and failing to fully complete their creations, leaving them with major flaws. Victor makes the decision to not fulfil his creature by denying the right of a companion to the creature as he believed it to be ‘wretch and evil’. Likewise
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