Frankenstein and Blade Runner
Humanity??™s unrestricted pursuit of scientific knowledge and consequent usurpation of the omnipotent role of God ultimately results in disruptions of the natural order of nature and humanity along with the scrutiny and criticism of mankind??™s innate identity.
– Tyrell and Frankenstein??™s Prometheus-like ambitions to achieve scientific advancements.
– Socially criticise humanity??™s flawed identity through the juxtaposition of humanity??™s monstrosities with the humane nature of artificial beings.
Mary Shelley??™s Frankenstein, 1818 gothic science fiction novel Ridley Scott??™s Blade Runner, dystopian film noir
– Romantic, natural environment, criticism of man??™s positivity towards gaining scientific knowledge in Industrial Revolution. – Bleak, mechanised future, criticism of increasingly commercialised and artificiality of the world in the 1980as.
– Humanity is affected by expansion of modern man into dark areas of scientific knowledge: eventual death of Victor Frankenstein.
– Classical allusions to Greek Prometheus legend, in which Prometheus??™s ???foresight??™ of the heightened mankind is comparable to Frankenstein??™s desire to create life.
– Both suffer harsh consequences as a result of assuming the omnipotent role of God.
– Gothic, dark imagery ???dead corpse???, recurring theme of death foreshadows Frankenstein??™s own death.
– Frankenstein: ???how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge???.
– Symbol of light is the representation of knowledge, Frankenstein created monster in ???half-extinguished light???. – Eventual death of Eldon Tyrell whose intrinsic desire of scientific advancement result in dehumanisation and eventual death of both characters.
– Presents audience with negative representation of Tyrell, represented as a Machiavellian puppet master who gains power and assumes a God-like persona by toying with his Nexus 6 Replicants.
– Egocentric, individualised, unnatural dominance over society: low angle shots of Tyrell Cooperation??™s ziggurat.
– Tyrell??™s power is not everlasting, results in Roy Batty destroying his eyes in the end.
– Motif of the eye: close up shots of Tyrell??™s simulacra owl become symbolic for mankind??™s distorted, artificial wisdom and unnatural vision of the world.
– Symbolism of light: close up shots of Tyrell and Batty to accentuate emotion and use of flickering lights to depict Tyrell??™s death, depicts uncertainty and instability of scientific knowledge.
– Tyrell??™s knowledge leads to the dominance of entire dystopian worldspace.
– Natural order of natural environment is disrupted: total absence of nature as a result of technological advancements.
– Juxtaposition between the natural and unnatural environment expressed through contrast between snowy mountain tops at Mount Blanc, dark and desolate environment within Frankenstein??™s lab
– Rejection of Galvanism (Galvani??™s concept of electricity as a dominant force).
– Monster utilises nature as a refuge from humanity, pathetic fallacy to foreshadow future events, ???rain depressed me, I was miserable???, monster??™s artificiality has no place in natural environment.
– Symbol of fire shows the dichotomous effects of pursuit of knowledge, light can represent knowledge yet be destructive. – Total absence of nature.
– Symbol of light: light is artificial, establishing shos of bleak, dark, un-inviting environment: electronic billboards feature Coca Cola Advertisements and bright florescent light dominates the environment.
– Yellow coloured light is only within Tyrell??™s ziggurat: his control upon natural environment.
– Roy Batty??™s Romantic words do not fit upon the natural environment: intertextuality with William Blake??™s poetry: ???fiery, the angel fell, deep thunder rolled around their shores, burning with fires of orc???.
– Social criticism and creator??™s lack of responsibility: Frankenstein claims: ???nor do I find myself blameable???.
– Sympathy towards monster, poetic, emotive language such as intertextuality with Paradise Lost- ???did I request thee maker, from clay to mould me man???
– Sublime nature forces sympathy.
– Reference to slave: monster claims- ???Slave, you are my creator, but I am your monster???.
– Monster: ???I am malicious because I am miserable???. – Tyrell- ???What can he do for you??? and the use of third person accentuates this lack of responsibility.
– Lack of identity of Replicants, identity is forced upon them, as they are referred as ???pleasure bots??? and ???skin jobs???.
– Slow motion shots of Zhora??™s death, experiencing pain are a human characteristic.
– Reference to slave: ???painful living in fear That??™s what its like to be a slave is???.
– ???more human than human???
Frankenstein and Blade Runner