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& monstrosity through gothic tones Frankenstein 1. Context: Romanticist Movement, cathartic powers of nature 2. Icy wall of the glacier overhung me afforded me the greatest consolation a. Vivid imagery of the sublime contrasts the circumvention of natural order by both Victor and Tyrell 3. Walton: Country of eternal light a. Symbolises our innate aspiration for knowledge b. Suggests that nature cannot be conquered 4. Seek happiness in tranquillity, not ambition a. Shelley s authorial voice, didactic tone Blade Runner 1. Shelley s concerns is amplified in the opening montage 2. LOS ANGELES 2019 , artificial chiaroscuro lighting and synthesised background music a. Context: Absence of nature reiterates the 1980s concerns of climate change, overpopulation and overdevelopment 3. Artificial metropolis, pathetic fallacy of incessant rain a. Contrasts sublime in Frankenstein b. Consequences of conquering nature, scientific hubris 4. Extreme close-up of an eye a. Rather than a window to our soul, reflects the rundown cityscape b. Criticism of rapid development 5. The capitalist regime has eroded humanitarian values and the ecological value of the earth 6. Vulnerability of nature as opposed to the gothic and romantic view of nature
Hubristic pursuit of wealth 2. Context: Commoditisation of humanity due to hierarchical society d. Victor re-animating life a.Blade Runner & Frankenstein Technology & Hubris Frankenstein 1. Eyes gouged out allusion to King Lear. Literal connotations induces irony criticism of humanity s isolation b. Context: 1980s cloning. subversion of the biblical Prodigal Son 5. Lack of social boundaries for scientific and economic growth .F Sebastian I make friends a. Death of deified Tyrell serves as Scott s warning of scientific hubris 6. Context: Belief in god was universal. Links to Victor s isolation as he creates his monster c. biblical allusion juxtaposes dehumanising scientific jargon organic life system 4. rather than consolation b. Establishing shot of Tyrell corporation a. Deep. Enlightenment 2. First person highlights his egocentric character 4. A subversion of Michelangelo s The Creation of Adam creates an analogy between Victor and God. Victor s selfish desire for glory I will succeed a. Irony that J. Parallels with Roy wanting connections 7. DNA and biotechnology overstepped the ethical boundaries of creating life 3. Ethics of prying into morality connection to Blade Runner 7. dark death-like solitude alliteration conveys the consequences of hubris Blade Runner 1. Resonates the Alps in Frankenstein. Context: Galvanism infuse a spark of being allusion to Promethean myth 3. monster yearns for acceptance 6. Context: Symbolises social underclass and corporate greed due to Raeganism 8. Shelley fears humanity over reaching into dangerous areas of knowledge. Meeting your maker . Breathless horror and disgust strong emotive language expresses Shelley s caution 5.
Tyrell s abandonment of his creations is analogous to Victor s neglect 3. Context: Social unrest due to marginalisation caused French and Industrial revolution. I was benevolent and good. Context: Scott has also positioned humanity as immoral. The monster is the more humane and civilised (parallels Roy) c. emotive metaphor be gone vile insect contrasts beast s eloquent speech I ought to be thy Adam a. Roy rescues and ultimately forgives Deckard a. Allegorical interpretation 4. Arouses Locke s philosophy of Tabula Rasa b. The creation is both morally and physically superior than the human 6. Both creations confront their creators and also requests our sympathy Blade Runner 1. without empathy 2. Roy questions Deckard. Roy is more human than human pun indicating both his artificiality and higher moral capacity 7. and has a higher moral capacity and highlights Victor s neglect and lack of responsibility 3. symbolising hope for mankind with the blue sky and dove c. Blurs the distinction between protagonist and antagonist b. Inter-textual reference to Milton s Paradise Lost b. Melodramatic. The film reminds us what defines our humanity in an era which seems to be forgetting fundamental human values . Low angle shots of Roy contrast the high angle shots of Deckard a.Blade Runner & Frankenstein Humanity and Identity Frankenstein 1. He demonstrates his humanity by mourning over Pris which contrasts Deckard s violent and uncompassionate termination of the replicants 5. Context: mistreatment of humanity erupting into violence and revolution d. Shelley questions our moral values how we can reject people 2. Zhora breaking the glass barrier gender inequality of the 1980s 4. misery made me a fiend a. Allusion to Christ Roy becomes a metonym for the potential of humanity. little man? a. Monster is an embodiment of anger and vengeance c. Proud of yourself. and the audience of our decaying human condition b. Irony: he is more sophisticated.