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Frankenstein Essay

  • Submitted by: benbrown1996
  • on June 2, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 819 words

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The comparisons and contextual disparity between the texts Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein and Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner reflect parallel values associated with themes such as humanity, society and monstrosity. The themes convey these parallel values through the use of various techniques displayed through the film and novel.
Both Shelley and Scott analyze the importance of humanities sense of morality from the perspectives of their relative social and historical contexts. ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Blade Runner’ formulate similar judgments about the bleak direction of humanity, through their social critique of the world around them. Shelley’s gothic fiction was written during a period when the scientific Age of Enlightenment was being fanatically questioned by the idyllic sensations of the Romantic Movement. Her creature reflects the moral debate about science and humanity that erupted from the conflicting movements of her time. Similarly, Blade Runner echoes the ethical confusion that arises when science tampers with nature. Scott launches us into the consumer- driven dystopia that is Los Angeles 2019, which is alarmingly reflective of modern commercialization. Faced with dehumanized creators and creations that appear to mimic the human condition, the two texts inevitably raise questions about what it is to be human.
In the novel Frankenstein, Victor’s attitude is reactionary and domineering as he ostracizes the creature and employs diabolic epithets towards him such as ‘Daemon’, completely disregarding the value of responsibility prevalent in Shelley’s era. Contrastingly, the creature’s equitable nature is portrayed through his engagement of logos, ‘Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you’ and is essentially humanized as he utilizes biblical parallelism of Paradise Lost: “I ought to thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel!” Here the creature’s rational lexis is juxtaposed with Victor’s insect imagery “Begone! Vile insect” whereby the...

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