Frankenstein And Bladerunner Essay Questions

by Mary Shelley which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year and if anything, is growing in popularity and in prescience, there has long been a contentious question as to why Victor Frankenstein rejects his creation so utterly and so completely.

The creation of a new life by artificial means using the biotechnology available to him in the 19th-century, is his life’s work.

Both creations function as a mirror for self-examination and self-questioning.

Deckard’s doubts about the ‘ethics’ of his profession come to fruition through Batty’s presence.

FRANKENSTEIN: Shelley also uses the Monster’s narrative as a means of critiquing her own society.

The daemon represents the oppressed class in society, and thus both the French revolutionary mob and the English industrial working class.

The fact that he is also ‘deformed and loathsome’ puts him in an even more rejected position – that of a ‘monster, a blot upon the earth’.

There are further parallels between the monster and the oppression he represents, that is the impact of the industrial development on Shelley’s society.

Huge factories, black dust and fire and noise, ugly towns and slum dwellings inhabited by blackened faces epitomises the appearance of industry.

Walton in his middle-class response says, ‘Never did I behold a vision so horrible.’ In Frankenstein, society is depicted as sick or in decline, the depiction of machines, factories, furnaces and mills as hellish places filled with devilish scientific fires and engines echo the images played out in Blade Runner, in the film these images are accompanied by a soundtrack that serves as an unobtrusive background to help set the mood of the decline established in Frankenstein.


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