Comaprison of Farnkenstein and Blade Runner

Literature throughout time is affected by many facets of society’s attitudes and values over time. The language, ideas and values of any text are constantly modified to suit the perspectives and context of the period it belongs in. This is evident in the text “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and “Blade Runner” from Ridley Scott. Both creations comment on the implications of a developing society with the blending of inner and outer forms of reality creating an otherworldly flavour. The view on the world you live in and are surrounded by changes over time, and varied when viewed from perspective to perspective.
The contexts of both “Frankenstein” and “Blade Runner” present to the audience the significance of the principles within society in that time, and why both composers doubted these values through their individual texts.
Mary Shelley wrote when romanticism ideology dominated the world of literature and the French revolution was an emerging topic of controversy. Victor Frankenstein is a character that acts as contrast of science to Promethean ambition to discover the secret and sacred elements of life. The nature vs. nurture presented within the text is said to be somewhat due to the death of Shelley’s mother a short time after Shelley’s birth. This is mirrored through the character of Elizabeth, the adopted sister of Victor from her previous state of orphan-hood. The role of women in Frankenstein bears some similarities to Shelley’s mother’s feminist publications, an incredibly forward movement for the time it was written in, despite the constant changing of value over time.
“Blade Runner” depicts a dystopian universe of totalitarian dictatorship determined to manipulate and dominate the natural world. The increasing power and prosperity of Asian economies became a threat to Western civilisation. Scott presents this “Asianisation” in his film whereby Asian industry, people and way of life are...