The notion of humanity is a picture intricately painted using the ideals and morals that define us as human beings in contextual society. The audience is influenced by the morals and values present through techniques in texts to paint their own image of humanity. Our ideals and morals that differ in texts through context, scrupulously shape our image of humanity
Despite different contexts, both Shelley’s Frankenstein and Scott’s Blade Runner enthrall the audience in a journey to explore the inner psyche through the various perspectives that are drawn.
BR depicts the hunger of mankind to break the barriers of humane principle and intrinsic concepts of nature. The extended irony in the film paradoxically gifts the artificial replicants with more emotions than humans, much like the monster in Frankenstein. Made in 1982 at a time of global de-stabilization, consumerism and a flux of migration, disaffection was a major concern in society, and Scott used this to predict a futuristic environment.
The scene portraying a bright advertisement in a gloomy backdrop epitomizes the scenery void of nature. It urges the audience to adopt Scott’s concept of “de-humanization through a consumer-driven outlook” of contextual society of 2019, provoking interpretations about the concept of humanity while reflecting on our own principles. The dark monolithic pyramid masking Tyrell’s well-lit room shadows the monstrosity in the principles of the Tyrell Corporation. Through “immortal themes of cheating death and controlling emotions”, the audience receives insight to the monstrosity being developed within humane society, much like F, where Victor banishes his own creation.
In the scene where Roy Batty finally confronts Dr.Tyrell in a quest for answers, the angelic music and effervescent lighting of the room are a stark contrast to the dark gloomy setting of the film. Tyrell’s appearance and syntax delivers a cold artificial image. Batty is purposely humanized through emotions, “I want more life, father” while Tyrell’s cold response “it is not something I can promise” highlights the lack of humanity in the predicted context of 2019, depicting the replicants “more human than human”. The neglect of his creation parallels F, urging the audience to reflect on their ideals and notions of humanity in comparison to the characters present in both texts. Thus through texts, it is our ideals and morals shape our image of humanity.
F was written in 1818, when a conversation between Shelley and Byron regarding the English culture after the French revolution influenced the novel. Shelley drew this inspiration to focus on the lack of contextual humanity, paralleling “four skin jobs walking”. It contrasts integral...