Frankenstein and Blade Runner

The act of reading plunges us into a network of textual relations. Write an ‎essay in which you argue your understanding of the network of textual ‎relations apparent in your reading of Frankenstein and Blade Runner.‎

The network of textual relations evident both within and between the seminal ‎novel Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Shelley and the cult classic film Blade ‎Runner (1982) directed by Ridley Scott, reveal the timeless nature of significant ‎human concerns; including mankind’s desire to defy the natural order, and ‎the destruction of nature. Despite being set two centuries apart and ‎developed from different social, cultural and historical contexts, these ‎thematic parallels demonstrate the timelessness of them. Where Mary Shelley’s ‎novel operates in a conflicting paradigm of Romantic Idealism and rational ‎Enlightenment, Scott’s film functions as a response to the technological and ‎medical advancement in a postmodern era.‎

In both texts, the impetus for a destructive engagement in science and ‎creation stems from humanity’s desire to transgress moral boundaries. Fuelled ‎by a Romantic sensibility, Shelley condemns humanity’s unchecked pursuit of ‎intellectual glory and ambitious longing to usurp the natural order. This notion ‎is evident through the intertextual relationship between the Greek Myth of the ‎Modern Prometheus and Frankenstein. The title of this novel, “Frankenstein, A ‎Modern Prometheus” draws a focus on the Promethean notion of humanity’s ‎desire to impinge the realm of Nature by exploring the common human ‎concerns within characters of Victor and the mythological figure, Prometheus.‎

The novel concentrates on Victor’s Promethean obsession in order to ‎demonstrate enduring notions of defying the natural order. This is evident in ‎Victor’s “fervent longing to penetrate the secrets of nature” where the use of ‎force ‘action’, “penetrate” evokes a Romantic notion which critiques the ‎breach of the moral compass. Furthermore, the use...