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Blade Runner Extrapolating Concepts And Issues From Frankenstein Essay

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How effectively does Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) extrapolate on issues first explored by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)?

Traditional opinions in regard to the nature of the human condition have not remained static, but rather, have developed and changed across contexts. Thus, composers across time will continue to consider what it means to be human in different ways, as to remain relevant to their contextual purpose and audience and to universal responders. Such can be seen in comparison of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror novel, Frankenstein (1818), and Ridley Scott’s postmodern tech noir film, Blade Runner (1982). Scott, in consideration of what it means to be human, has extrapolated on issues first considered in Shelley’s context, such as the natural order of humanity, the human emotional condition, and notions of mankind’s ambition. In comparing these two generic texts, we can determine that Scott has composed an effective consideration of these issues, appropriated for a contemporary audience and form. Comment by Jamon Windeyer: Notice that the Thesis has no reference to the texts! This establishes the response as a conceptually focused essay and not text focused Comment by Jamon Windeyer: Note that the paragraph themes are listed in a way that ties in with the question Comment by Jamon Windeyer: The final sentence should directly answer the question, the marker is left with no doubt that you are responding to what is in front of you

The idea of a natural body of laws, that unseen forces dictate the natural (normal) order of things, has remained a relevant thematic concern across contexts. In comparing the work of Shelley and Scott, we can see how Scott has appropriated this timeless question of humanity into a contemporary context. Shelley considered notions of “nature’s power” from a romanticist standpoint, challenging ideas of the Enlightenment through powerful personification of nature as “the spirit that inhabits and guards this place.” Indeed, her effective use of character foil between Victor and his Creation, forces us to consider the interactions between the natural and the nurtured through their dramatic dialogue in the text. By considering Victor as a symbol of mankind’s quest to be “greater than his nature will allow,” and the consequences of this foreshadowed through epistolary narrative form, we are effectively informed of the consequences of overstepping natural bounds. Scott effectively brings these issues to light for contemporary audiences, with his advertising background clearly evident in complex mise en scenes. The opening panoramic shot, for example, through chiascuro lighting and enhanced diegetic sound, effectively creates a destructive world space as a backdrop for our consideration of the destruction of nature. A similar effect is achieved through the claustrophobic mise en scene of Zhora’s retirement, as we come to consider the contextual consequences of over urbanization. Truncated dialogue delivered...

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