Blade Runner And New Brave World's Perspective's On Humanity

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Blade Runner and New Brave World's Perspective's on Humanity Ridley Scott’s film “Blade Runner: Director’s Cut” and Aldous Huxley’s
novel “Brave New World” explore the concept of ‘In The Wild’ by
focusing on the natural world and its rhythms falling victim to
unbridled scientific development. They present a wedge that is
divorcing man from his relationship with nature, in an attempt to
define what it means to be ‘human’. Both texts depict chilling
dystopic futures where the materialistic scientific and economic ways
of thinking have been allowed to quash the humanistic religious and
philosophic ways of thinking, in the name of progress. In their texts,
these composers question this progress that they were already
witnessing in their own individual contexts, and thus warn future
contexts about straying from humanity’s natural origins.

Both composers criticize their individual contexts which, though fifty
years apart, deal with similar concerns for humanity and the natural
environment. Huxley’s context was the aftermath of WW1, where
depression and disillusionment saw European countries seeking
alternatives to democracy – Totalitarianism. These extreme dictatorial
forces promised stability, order and security but at the expense of
essential facets of humanity: freedom of choice, emotions,
intellectual stimulation and a qualitative relationship with nature.
Part of the 1920s melancholy was that the world witnessed their war
machines annihilate considerable portions of the human race. Also, in
1913, Henry Ford founded mass production – maximum efficiency through
monotonous conformity. These contextual elements stand as the birth
place for Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ – a text that satirically
explores the irony of progression that is, in fact, backward in its
effects on humanity and its natural rythms

In Scott’s 1980’s context, global corporations were rapidly expanding,
and were increasingly threatening individual autonomy. This era saw
these materialistic multinational corporations, as symbolized by
Tyrell, rise to enormous economic and political power. Due to the
movements of the 60s and 70s against environmental degradation, the
state of the natural environment (eg: the ozone layer and
industrialisation) was also a global anxiety for humanity. The utterly
urban existence of “Blade Runner” is Scott’s prediction of 1980s
America’s future as a society overrun by commercialism, globalization
and consumerism where nature was being rapidly exhausted to allow for
man’s unbridled thirst for technological development. These texts, in
reflecting the concerns of when they were composed, caution man
against drifting from nature.

In their texts,...

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