Fr, Br Essay Band 6

“Core concepts and powerful presentations never lose their relevance with time, even if the authors communicating these ideas change they way the ideas are represented.”

Despite being subjected to different context, central ideas and core concepts such as the dire perils of playing God, hubris and the loss of humanity as a result of radical social and economic change continue to resonate throughout time. The epistolary novella, Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Shelley portrays society’s fear of natural philosophy and advancements in Galvanism and its effect on traditional values and humanity. Similarly the film; Bladerunner: the Directors cut (1992) by Ridley Scott projects a dystopic world reflecting the mass commercialisation and globalisation of the 1980’s. Hence despite being portrayed in transcending contexts and literary types; central ideas about the unbridled use of technology, creationism and the inhumanity it brings never lose their relevance.

One of the most fundamental ideas explored in Shelley’s Gothic Romantic, early science fiction epistolary; Frankenstein is the disruptive and destructive nature of unbridled scientific developments, knocking upon on the “fortifications” that locked the “citadel of nature”. Shelley’s insight is most salient through her characterisation of Victor, initially depicted as an “innocent and helpless creature bestowed to by heaven”, asserting his agrarian upbringing through the, “the sublime shapes of the mountains”. Gradually however, victor becomes seduced by the power of science that could “penetrate into the recesses of nature and show how she works in her hiding-places”; the blatant degradation and undermining of Nature’s power and Gothic Romantic principles in seeking the “unlimited powers’ of natural philosophy.

Shelley then portrays the punishment for transcending the boundaries of man through her juxtaposition in “Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent...