Mankind– Frankenstein vs. Blade Runner
Both Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner are texts that explore what it is to be human. Numerous parallels can be drawn in between the two texts although they are set some two hundred years apart. The texts present a view that concerns the morality of science that advances untreated. Is this what is to become of our society? Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is embeded in the eighteenth century romantic period in Europe, whereas Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is embeded in the futuristic twenty very first century.
In both texts science and technology are checked out and human identity is an important principle that is played out to a chilling end. Within Shelley’s novel, Victor Frankenstein plays God to the monster. While creating the animal he thought that what he was developing what was the very best for humanity although his ideas began to change when he lastly stood back and saw his work. The viewing of the monster is an ethical obstacle for Victor and he finally comprehends that “the being whom I had actually cast amongst humanity and endowed with the will and power to result functions of scary”.
He is morally affected by the production that he has cast upon society and realises his error of judgement when the creature he has developed eliminates his younger sibling. Victor feels accountable and is ultimately taken in by this overwhelming sense of guilt and remorse. The creature that Frankenstein develops is an ‘abomination’ so repulsive to consider regarding cause horror. There is irony in this as Victor himself is internally consumed by an ugliness and revulsion, and he has created something that he can not look at due to the fact that of its external ugliness. Although on the inside the animal holds more human qualities than his creator.
The movie Blade Runner has parallels with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and is a modern recreation of sorts. The Tyrell Corporation develops the replicants (humanoid robots used as servants), and this is where Tyrell, the head of the business plays God within Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner”. He has created the replicants without any remorse or empathy and doesn’t see them as human beings. Much as Victor Frankenstein sees the animal. “She is an experiment nothing more. “, is how Tyrell describes Rachel, a replicant who is aware that she is a production; “I’m not a part of the business … I am business. throughout a discussion with Deckard, the lead character, who is a ‘Blade Runner’ selected to retire renegade replicants. The replicants within Blade Runner are beautiful and are considered ideal; within society nobody would know who was a replicant and who wasn’t. They are as much human as the human beings within the futuristic Los Angeles. There are subtle recommendations to scriptural themes in texts. Tyrell has actually produced life in his own image, how he wanted them to be like, much like Victor did when he was creating the creature and how God did when he was forming Adam and Eve.
Up until the productions begin to want in both texts, they question life and begin to gain more power and strength. You can’t have control over what you develop since they have wants and needs of their own. The makers in both the texts lose control of their creations and this represents that man should not play god when they are unsure of the consequences. The setting of the ‘beast meeting maker’ scene is a contrast in between the texts that the elevation of both meeting places in terms of maker and creation reveals that closer to heaven link, and then the descent back to reality.
The scene on Mount Blanc within Frankenstein is where the mountain metaphor is figured out. This parallels the scene within “Blade Runner” where as the video camera guides us towards the ziggurat pyramid of the Tyrell Corporation in which houses the creator of the replicants; Tyrell. His connection to the paradises is more showed through his ability to view the sun from his office, compared to the run-down cityscape, where the sun is absolutely blocked from view at all times. The scenes within the texts have a continuous shifting of power balance.
Within Frankenstein, the moving power balance in between Victor and his development is evident. The development has actually concerned inform his side of the story, whereas Victor does not care and uses anger to end up being powerful over the creature. Comparing to Blade Runner, Roy sits as Tyrell splendors in his development; however, Roy despises his maker for what he has done and paradoxically seals his fate with a kiss. “Take a look at you the Lost lamb …” Both makers are ultimately damaged by their developments. It references a brand-new start for mankind as those who cross the line are compromised so mankind can learn a lesson.
Both Mary Shelley and Ridley Scott have actually created confusion amongst the audience by exploring the humankind within the societies. The audience begin to concern who the ‘genuine’ beast is and who has the most humanity within the story. Within Shelley’s novel, the animal displays more mankind than Victor when he asks for another development to be made. “Oh! My developer, make me happy; let me feel gratitude towards you for one benefit!” We initially question Victor’s humanity when he ruins the 2nd animal he has made. … I nearly felt as if I had mangled the living flesh of a human.” Also when Walton finds the creature crying over Victor and we question why? He killed Victor’s family and Victor passed away due to the fact that of the guilt of the animal. Victor was the modern-day Prometheus and was punished throughout his life with guilt and abuse. This enables us to link the theme of what it suggests to be human and triggers us to question our own humanity and morality. Scott’s text uses different language techniques to raise the concern about what it implies to be human and who are the most gentle?
The people within the film are described by their second names whilst the replicants are referred to by their Christian name, agent of the relationship between a servant and their master. Throughout the film the replicants show more feelings and human qualities than the humans themselves. When Pris is eliminated, Roy shows that he loves her by crying and kissing her when he finds her body and shows anger towards Deckard for killing Pris and Zhora when he breaks his fingers. “This is for Zhora … This is for Pris” If they were not human beings how could they have fallen in love?
Could it be that they have ended up being more human than the people themselves, who are so all set to eliminate the replicants and destroy their lives? The replicants have more compassion than the people, the same for the creature who weeps over his dead developer. The ‘beasts’ act like humans; the people imitate beasts. The concern of humanity is a big theme within the texts and this runs very closely to the styles and ideas of playing god that are expressed in the texts. There are many little links to God; similar to God, within
Frankenstein, Victor was the only one who knew how he could develop life, much like god did when he was developing Adam and Eve, “Remember that I am thy animal; I ought to be thy Adam”. He didn’t share his trick with anybody. In “Scott’s movie, Roy has a nail through this hand when he is combating with Deckard at the ending of the film. This represents Jesus dying on the cross. The ‘gods’ created an animal they thought would be perfect but similar to Adam and Eve, the animal and the replicants were not perfect and went against their creators.
The Gods have lost ‘control’. The God complex appears as it is male’s desire to develop life, although it is the animals prefer to end up being human. Although Shelley and Scott’s texts are embeded in noticeably various landscapes and several centuries apart they are both questioning the role of developer and male’s right to this role. The societies they both represent are separated by a vast expanse of time but are they so dissimilar? They show the failings of mankind and also the moral predicament, which is caused by diving into God’s power of development.