Blade Runner and Frankenstein Ideas

Blade Runner and Frankenstein
Paragraph One:
  * 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
Paragraph Two:
  * 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
Paragraph Three:
  * 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
Paragraph Four:
  * 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