Blade Runner vs Frankenstein - Context

The impacting context on a text when it is created is strongly influenced by societal values, as well as the form and the features of the text itself. Mary Shelley's Gothic novel “Frankenstein”, published in 1818, and Ridley Scott's post-modernistic transformation, “Blade Runner - The Directors Cut” released in 1992, both contain similar themes and values, while reflecting very different contextual influences of the early 19th and late 20th Century.
Shelley's “Frankenstein” was primarily a moral critique of science and technological advancements, forewarning of the grim, unnatural world that could possibly become a reality. Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist has an obsessive desire to create life. He manages to do so, creating a ‘monster’ that he subsequently abandons on the premise of his appearance, “more hideous than belongs to humanity…unearthly ugliness” and refuses to take responsibility or blame for his actions. Victor is blind to the ethical and moral ramifications of the role he played within the Monsters life and his subsequent misery and suffering. In a time of great social and political change, Shelley saw the Industrial Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment suddenly shifting values of the time to more materialistic aspects, and away from community and compassionate views held by her. As a part of the Romantic Movement, Shelley was an avid follower of the significance of ‘sublime’ nature, the imagination and individuals’ free-thought. This is clearly echoed throughout her text, “Another storm enlightened… with faint flashes…by degrees the calm and heavenly scene restored me”.
Scott's dystopic film “Blade Runner”, graphically displays the chaotic world of Los Angeles in 2019, where nature and humanity are artificially created and simulated within a mechanised, hellish existence. The Tyrell Corporation are the leaders of genetic engineering, manufacturing 'Replicants', a second-class race of slaves whose purpose it is to colonize other planets due...