Blade Runner and Frankenstein Ideas
Blade Runner and Frankenstein
* The two texts foreground a world of science and progress and illustrate a protagonist’s hubris that takes on the role of ‘playing God.’
* Perspective of Walton- epistolary narrative form
* The symbolism of nature and didactic influences of both texts are utilised in the formation of two science fiction stories, representative of contemporary issues in relation to their context
* The historical context behind ‘Blade Runner’ is tainted by the forces of globalisation, materialism and scientific innovations that considerably impacted the pre-established social and economic values of the 1980s.
* Social concerns towards environmental issues- pollution and urbanisation
* Opening scene depicts a wide shot, lacking any natural light or colour
* Mass media- vast power of advertising, Coca-Cola and Budweiser
* Blade Runner was created as a reaction to increased concern about the effects of the Western life-styles upon the environment
* Mary Shelley composed ‘Frankenstein’ during the Romantic Movement in a time that was, similarly to ‘Blade Runner’, enveloped by social upheaval.
* Influences such as industrialisation would have been considered repressive by Shelley who favoured the ideals of nature in its place.
* “The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more.”
* This stimulates a feeling of sentimentality from the reader which is juxtaposed with the sense of dehumanisation and seclusion felt by the responder throughout ‘Blade Runner.’
* Shelley creates contrast between a Romantic and an Industrialist by making a social commentary about social acceptance during the Age of Reason
* Both Frankenstein and Blade Runner contain Gothic elements, which was a prominent genre especially linked to the time Frankenstein was composed.
* Gothic Themes: death, grief and destruction