In what ways has the pairing of two texts added to your understanding of the ideas central to both texts? Include in your essay a discussion of the view of the future that the author/director presents.
Scott and Huxley use their dystopian texts, Blade Runner and Brave New World, to create a futuristic world to reflect the society at the time the texts were produced. Both of the dystopian worlds represent the author’s idea of a world state that is in control by a totalitarian government of the future. Through the use of literary devices such as setting, characterization, symbolism and camera techniques, readers are exposed to ideas of the consequences of control, dependence of science and technology, and the nature of religion.
The setting in both Blade Runner and Brave New World contrast with each other but depict the reliance on science and technology similarly. Scott and Huxley convey the idea that the dependence on scientific technology leads to the downfall of society. The Brave New World can be seen viewed as a critical perspective on the embracement of the scientific discoveries. It begins in a setting of the future described as the “Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre” and in the year ‘A. F. 632’ which is after the production of the first Henry Ford’s automobile. A futuristic vision of the centre is built through the use of imagery techniques in the text, as the centre is provided with clear descriptions of the “three hundred Fertilizers” and the “pallid shape of academic goose-flesh” in the high-tech laboratory. This setting is built in a negative light that shows the World State’s adherence to technology. However, through the use of satire in the tone, it is obvious that these scientific advancements are ruining society and converting this world into a dystopia instead of a Utopia. It is with the use of technology that the most powerful castes such as the Alphas are able to justify the inequality of power within the society. Similarly, the Blade Runner is set forty years in the future and a long shot of the setting presents the post-holocaust futuristic elements of this world. The advertising billboards hovering over the city and the airships that are used for travel represent the technological advancement in this society. Although, despite technology’s great advancement, the citizens of the society seem to be in a state of despair and are shown to be struggling and living in an uncivilized manner on the ground. The continuous rain and the never-ending nights are other elements of the setting that highlight the negative aspects of this scientific world. The idea readers obtain from both of these texts is that; reliance on science has not aided in the development of these worlds, instead, it has led to the downfall of society.
Both Huxley in Brave New World and Scott in Blade Runner explore the consequences of ‘the desire of control’ in different ways. The texts portray the repercussions of controlling the natural world...