Blade Runner and Frankenstein

* Frankenstein and Blade Runner explore future possibilities and ideas of their times; the values and metaphors expressed in these novels continue to resonate with audiences centuries later.
  * Victor Frankenstein and Tyrell invent creations in the image of man, without considering the consequences and responsibilities they bestow upon themselves when they turn from mere humans to God like creators.
  * Both texts were created in times of new scientific and technological inventions, where the future prospect of creating life seemed in reach, which makes the texts more than just mere science fiction and story telling but in many ways a sort of truth.
  * Even in today’s society, where creating life in the same sense as Frankenstein and Blade Runner may seem impossible, many of the fears and values of the time still hold true and make us in turn question how far we would go to seem god like.
  * Both texts begin with the value that each character holds of love, the need to feel accepted and the virtue of family. Both stories begin and end with the main protagonists wanting to feel wanted and needed, not only by the people surrounding them but also by themselves.
  * Tyrell sees his creations as perfection, referring to Roy as “the prodigal son”, he also makes Rachel in the image of his niece. These are both aspects in the story that allows the viewer to see what each character values in their lives, by creating a bond within the characters.
  * The value of love and acceptance is also demonstrated in the relationship between Frankenstein and the creation, with Frankenstein viewing his creation as monstrous, never giving the monster a chance to be part of a family, or feel wanted. Throughout the story it is clear that this value is what the Monster holds most dear. He asks Frankenstein for a mate to not be so lonely and also states “CURSED, CURSED CREATOR! ... why did I live.? Why in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark or existence, which you...