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Corresponding Themes In Frankenstein And Blade Runner

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Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner reflects some of the key themes seen in Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein. For one, both the sources touch on the necessity of creators taking responsibility for their creations. Another key theme established in both works is the idea that emotional complexity and knowledge, over memory and appearance, allow people to be defined as human beings.
Throughout the novel Frankenstein, author Mary Shelley builds upon the theme that one must take responsibility for the actions and well being of their creations. Protagonist Victor Frankenstein consistently toils with the degree of responsibility he owes to the monster he created. Initially, Frankenstein completely abandons his creation, as the creature notes when he says, “Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature…”(Shelley 83). When the monster pleads for a female counterpart, Victor says, “I refused, and I did right in refusing, to create a companion... He showed unparalleled malignity and selfishness in evil; he destroyed my friends...”(Shelley 200). Victor fails to sympathize with his creation and fails to understand that all creatures desire something from their creator. A parallel theme of the disasters that occur when a creator doesn’t take responsibility for its creations can be found in the 1982 film Blade Runner. In this film, Eldon Tyrell, the creator of the rogue Replicants, takes absolutely no responsibility for the danger he has created when he relegates the job of extinguishing the Replicants to the police. When Roy confronts Tyrell and demands more life, Tyrell says, “The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy. Look at you...; you’re quite the prize!” The child-like tone and complete disregard for the very human desires of the Replicants he created shows a similar lack of responsibility in Tyrell as in Victor. By referring to the Replicants as merely a “prize”, Tyrell completely dehumanizes his creations as he refuses to prolong their lives. Both Frankenstein and Blade Runner illustrate the disasters that occur when a creator irresponsibly...

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