Challenging Values (Frankenstein and Blade Runner)

Challenging Values (Frankenstein and Blade Runner)

  • Submitted By: noid19
  • Date Submitted: 10/09/2011 5:10 PM
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Individuals who challenge the established values of their time are shown to have suffered severe consequences. To challenge values, is to challenge what individuals believe to be right and wrong. This is portrayed in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Blade Runner by Ridley Scott through parental responsibilities.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a gothic novel written in 1818. This was during the period of Romanticism where the opinions, imagination and characteristics of an individual and nature were thought of highly. Blade Runner by Ridley Scott was composed in 1982. This was the era of Reaganomics where the government left the business affairs of the country for the private sector to take control over. This meant less welfare for the poor and needy and less concern for the environment. If an individual had power, money and status they were looked at highly. In Frankenstein Mary Shelley criticises scientific ambitions and where humanity was heading with science, while in Blade Runner, Ridley Scott criticises capitalism, greed and the destruction of the environment which leads to the lack of humanity.

In Frankenstein, it is illustrated that rejecting those under your care results in severe consequences. When Victor creates the Monster and sees its hideous form, Victor ‘escaped and rushed downstairs.’ These verbs are some which were used to describe how the Monster was abandoned by Victor. When you create something, it is your duty to take care of it. Victor had failed to this and causes the monster to inflict misery and pain for the rest of his life. The Monster uses biblical references such as ‘I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel.’ This shows that Victor had responsibilities over the Monster like God had over Adam but the monster was neglected and left to survive by himself like how God had done the same to the Fallen Angel.

In Blade Runner, it is exemplified that with great power comes great responsibility. When Tyrell created...

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