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The Creator and His Creation

Frankenstein and Blade Runner

Frankenstein is horrified by the creature he has created, he can hardly bare to look upon it. “…Its unearthly ugliness rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes” pg 116  Emphasis is on beauty (or lack thereof), which is characteristic of the Romantic Era. Description as ‘unearthly’ reinforces idea that true beauty is found in nature. Tyrell is proud of his creation, believing Roy to be the pinnacle of creative achievement. “You were made as well as we could make you…You have burned so very, very brightly Roy…Look at you, you’re quite a prize”  Emphasis is on achievement and pride, ambition and accomplishment. Appreciation of scientific development characteristic of Late 20th Century thought.

Ability of the Creation
Frankenstein deliberately created the monster in gigantic proportions, which the monster reminds him of when he confronts his maker. “Remember, thou hast made me more powerful than thyself; my height is superior to thine, my joints more supple.” pg 116 While the monster lacked the power of communication, his intense desire to learn and become like the humans he observed develop in him an awareness of himself and his world: “I can hardly describe to you the effect of these books. They produced in me an infinity of new images and feelings, that sometimes raised me to ecstasy, but more frequently sunk me into the lowest dejection.” Pg 154-155  Shelley’s parents (Wollstonecraft and Godwin) would have created a rich literary environment for their daughter. The scrolling prologue at the start of Blade Runner informs the audience “The NEXUS 6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility and at lease equal in intelligence to the genetic engineers who created them.”  Possibility of artificial life becoming superior to natural life – 80’s and 90’s concern about ‘designer babies’.

The Naming of the Creature Frankenstein refers to the creature only as
‘devil’, ‘daemon’, ‘wretch’ and ‘monster’, all titles with negative connotations.

Each of the replicants have names, giving them identity and personality. Tyrell refers to Roy as his “Prodigal Son” – a term which suggests relationship.

Desire of the Creature
“I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me, but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create.” Pg 175  Desire for relational connection. Mary Shelley’s own experience of death of loved ones, and her complex relationship with Percy Shelley may inform the monster’s desire for companionship. “I want more life…” Roy emphatically declares when he meets Tyrell.  Desire for immortality, to be master of life and death. Prominent issue of the era – 1960’s development of cryonics, cloning, IVF etc.

Biblical Allusion (intertextuality) I ought “Remember that I am thy creature:
to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed” pg 118 “[About Adam] He had come forth from the hands of God a perfect creature, happy and prosperous, guarded by the especial care of his Creator; he was allowed to converse with and acquire knowledge from beings of a superior nature, but I was wretched, helpless and alone.”  Writers of the Romantic Era irreverently drew on religious imagery and Biblical themes.

Tyrell refers to Roy as “The Prodigal Son” Roy’s brutal attack on his creator may be paralleled indirectly to Judas’ betrayal of Christ. Tyrell first kissed his ‘Lord’ and then killed him, as Judas handed Jesus over to be killed with a kiss.  Postmodern texts often make use of intertextuality to reinterpret classic texts or appropriate classic themes for a modern audience. They question the meaning of the

Biblical Allusion (intertextuality)

The acts of the creation
“Begone! Relieve me from the sight of your detested form!” “Thus I relieve thee, my creator” he said, and placed his hated hands before my eyes… “Thus I take from thee a sight which you abhor”. (Pg 119) Roy confesses “I have done questionable things…” When Tyrell is unable (or unwilling) to grant Roy’s desire for more life Roy reverses their positions, and takes the life of Tyrell into his own hands (literally).

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