Frankenstein, Blade Runner Context
Speech… Good morning/ afternoon miss, today I will be speaking about the styles of two texts and the context in which they were composed. The two texts ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Blade Runner’ both embody styles of science, production and nature that are reflected in the author’s life and what was taking place worldwide around them. By taking a look at Mary Shelley’s life we can see a lot of the essential styles of her time showed in Frankenstein. The unique Frankenstein was written in 1818 and follows the story of a researcher, Victor Frankenstein and his quest for producing life.
However his experiment fails as his animal goes on a rampage after he has actually been rejected. One theme from this book that becomes part of Shelley’s life is the natural world. The theme of the sublime natural world was accepted by Romanticists such as Mary Shelley who, in their writing, glorify the natural environment. By revealing nature as an effective force it offers a concept that nature is a great and controlling force, somewhat god like. Victor, depressed after the deaths of William and Justine for which he feels accountable for, heads to the mountains. A cold … breeze … upon my cheeks … fills me with pleasure” is a reduced quote from Victor which expresses his feelings towards nature as a wondrous one. The impact of nature on state of mind appears throughout the unique and much like Victor feeling delighted in the welcome of nature; the monster likewise feels his heart lighten as spring arrives after a being deserted in the cold winter. “The weather condition ended up being great and the skies cloudless”. Contrasting to Frankenstein that explores the charm of nature, Blade runner explores how when the natural surroundings fades the consequences for both human beings and the world are terrible.
Blade Runner is a film directed by Riddley Scott in 1982 and follows the story of a blade runner named Deckard as he sets out on ruining synthetic human beings called replicants. In the 1980s lots of Americans, including Scott feared their nation was in an excellent decrease and depression of the war and industrialization. These mournful themes appear within the movie. At the beginning of the film we see a montage of manmade buildings and structures that overwhelm the landscape as there are no natural aspects.
Importance is very essential in this opening scene as we also see embeding in the background, the sun. The sun setting signifies completion of the earth and that human beings are participating in the dark. Rain in many parts of this film and is used as a visual metaphor to recommend that nature is weeping for its destruction by humanity. The result of this impression is that when nature passes away whatever will grieve. The setting of this post apocalyptic film is not the only thing that has been urbanised. Numerous animals have actually been created artificially.
When Deckard initially goes to Tyrell he is revealed an artificial owl, to which he reacts “must be pricey”. The repetition of animals being synthetic and expensive highlights that nothing natural remains which nature has been taken over by commerce. Scott utilizes the animals as a sign to represent how artificial the world has actually ended up being. Another theme that is evident in both Frankenstein and Blade Runner is science and development. Frankenstein was composed in a period of technological development where science was simply beginning to take shape and the thought of recreating life appeared.
An event in Shelley’s life that impacted her was the work of Luigi Galvani who found that the muscles of dead frog’s legs twitched when struck by an electrical power. This advancement leads Shelley to review the ideals of science contrasting to the value of nature. Shelley is clear on her feelings about the use and abuse of innovation. The reanimation of a man from the dead can be beneficial so we can constantly be with loved ones, however what responsibility should we take as soon as we bring individuals back from the dead?
How far can we enter raising the dead without destroying the living? Shelley seems to portray the idea that guy can not handle becoming like God without problem. Victor Frankenstein learns all he can about the field of science, both previously, during, and after his work at the university and is continuously consumed with creating life. The impact of uses a character consumed with developing life, then later on rejecting it additional shows how Shelley feels about miss utilizing technology. Similarly to Frankenstein, Blade Runner likewise questions the values of science and development.
Scott produced his film when industrialization and when technology is quickly becoming part of everyday life. As the developer of the replicants, Tyrell just produces the androids for money and power then immediately outcasts them. Scott makes the company of Tyrell appear very dark and big to highlight his power within the city. Both Mary Shelley and Riddley Scott draw inspiration from the events and other themes that are impacting their life, whether it is nature, the improvement of technology or development problems at the time of composing.