Frankenstien/Bladerunner Speech

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When two texts that stem from the same universal themes but different contexts are compared we gain a sophisticated understanding of the values being presented. The time the text was created shapes the meaning, values and significance of the text and shapes the ways in which they are received. Scientific advancement and environmental concern are common themes evident in both texts that are presented differently due to the historical context in which they we created, ultimately strengthening the responders understanding of the meaning and values presented. Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” and Ridley Scott’s Film “Bladerunner - The Director’s Cut” both successfully address the repercussions of scientific progression without a consideration for its effect on society and the environment.

A common theme that is found in both Frankenstein and Bladerunner is the pursuit of scientific knowledge or technological advancement which leads to the creation of artificial life and with this comes the consequences of playing God. As a novel Frankenstein provides an insight into the character’s thought processes. Frankenstein presents the theme of scientific advancement differently to Bladerunner due to the cultural and historical context it was written in. The dawn of the 19th century saw an end to the Enlightenment period where Galvani had only just started the fundamentals of electricity and science was only just beginning to be understood. Values of reason and logic play a prominent role in understanding the meaning and significance behind Frankenstein. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge was a clear motive evident throughout the novel, “The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover.” Metaphorically addressing how desperately both Victor and Walton wish to understand their environment; it is an incredible secret of the highest value. Although knowledge was considered powerful Shelly demonstrates through Victor that it...