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A Comparison Of The Themes Of Blade Runner And Brave New World

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A Comparison of the Themes of Blade Runner and Brave New World
‘Humanity likes to think of itself as more sophisticated than the wild
yet it cannot really escape its need for the natural world’

Despite different contexts both Aldous Huxley within his book Brave
New World and Ridley Scott in the film Blade Runner explore the idea
that humans feel themselves more sophisticated than the natural world,
yet are able to completely sever relations between humanity and the
nature. Through various techniques both texts warn their varied
audiences of the negative ramifications that will come from such
disdainful, careless opinions and actions.

All aspects of the ‘New State’ within Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New
World indicate a belief that humanity is more sophisticated than the
wild. Huxley’s continuous use of fake scientific jargon, while setting
up his science fiction genre, also allows his characters and their
actions to appear intelligent. Words such as “bokanovskified” serve
the purpose of describing how science has replaced the natural process
of reproduction. This implies that there is a general feeling in the
‘New State’ that the people, particularly those at the head of the
social hierarchy, feel that humans, aided by science, are more
sophisticated than the wild.

While this may be so Huxley makes it clear that the members of this
new world are unable to escape nature’s rhythms. At various points
through out the book different characters make reference to needing a
“pregnancy surrogacy”. This indicates to the audience that, although
natural reproduction has been replaced by science, the instincts of a
woman to bear children could not be eradicated. At the same time
Huxley uses irony. While his characters feel natural urges they are
able to over come them through such “pregnancy surrogacy”,
demonstrating that the persons of the New State still feel that
science and humanity are more sophisticated than the natural rhythms
of human beings.

Huxley again uses irony in emotive language such as “corpse coloured
rubber” to describe the hatchery. While providing a description of
scientific surroundings which directly represent the fact that
humanity feels it is more sophisticated than the natural world, Huxley
also indicates that the natural rhythms of the world can not be
avoided. This is achieved through his reference to death in the word
“corpse” a natural and inevitable aspect of life.

Aldous Huxley immediately establishes the ideal of his book that
humans think they are more sophisticated than the natural world. The
concept of conditioning the masses to “hate the country but love
country sports” is a perfect example of this. Using this contrast the
composer indicates his concern that the leaders of the New Sate are
manipulating the natural world with...

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