Bladerunner and Franky

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Bladerunner and Franky

Frankenstein and Blade Runner are both texts with a cautionary message. Do you agree and if so, what are we being cautioned about?

Although texts such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner are the fictitious constructs of composers, not only do they address and explore societal issues of their era, but they forewarn of the consequences of a particular course of action. Shelley’s Frankenstein warns of the consequences of subverting the natural order, while Scott’s Blade Runner fashions a dystopian world in which extrapolates from the values and attitudes of his era. In essence, both texts are prophetic as such they forewarn of consequences of unbridled development – whether technological or economic, and the dehumanizing impacts – ideas which link these two texts throughout time.

Shelley’s Frankenstein is a celebration of humanity’s relationship with nature, used by characters to elucidate their lived experiences, and thus warns against the unfettered scientific development of her era. Using a hybrid of Gothic and Romantic conventions, Shelley gives nature the divine qualities of awe and beauty. Victor is then used as a vehicle, to speak of “the glittery pinnacle, the pine woods…all bade me at peace”, as well as “the river raging amongst the rocks…spoke of a power as mighty as the Omnipotence”. The use of simple siFrankenstein and Blade Runner are both texts with a cautionary message. Do you agree and if so, what are we being cautioned about?

Although texts such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner are the fictitious constructs of composers, not only do they address and explore societal issues of their era, but they forewarn of the consequences of a particular course of action. Shelley’s Frankenstein warns of the consequences of subverting the natural order, while Scott’s Blade Runner fashions a dystopian world in which extrapolates from the values and attitudes of his era. In essence, both texts are...
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