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Comparison of Blade Runner & Frankenstein
A cursory look at both works reveals these similarities:
Both stories feature a very intelligent person trying to play God through the creation of life.
Both of the creatures were subsequently mistreated by their maker and society as a whole.
In both stories, the audience is left feeling greater sympathy for the monster than for the creator.
Both stories contain a very intelligent creator who seems unaware of the forces that they are dealing with
-They are both fascinated with human life and wish to create it themselves. Victor Frankenstein states, "One of the phenomena which
had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame, and, indeed, any animal endued with life. Whence, I often
asked myself did the principle of life proceed?"
-Both creators share a fascination with where life proceeds from. Is it merely intellect? Or, as in the case of Blade Runner, are
emotions the defining element of human life
-Both creators are expressly interested in creating a life form equal to human and Tyrell even wishes to create a life form superior to
Both stories share a central theme, that the acquirement of too much knowledge is dangerous
-Throughout Frankenstein, the reader is left with the feeling that Victor's obsessive desire to defeat nature, through the creation of
another life, directly led to the many tragedies that befell him, "Learn from me, if not by my precept, at least by my example, how
dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he
who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow"
-In Blade Runner, the Replicants have been granted an intellect superior to their human counterparts. Are the Replicants revered or
given special treatment because of this? No, in fact, they are treated as slaves and hunted down when they return to the birthplace of
the human race
Both creators are faced with limited tools in which to create their new life forms
-"...but my imagination was too much exalted by my first success to permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as
complex and wonderful as man. The materials at present within my command hardly appeared adequate to so arduous an
undertaking..." (pg 53). This lack of materials causes both creations to suffer with characteristics that make them very different from
the rest of humanity
-Frankenstein's monster's image was very disgusting, "...and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! -Great God! His yellow
skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; ...only formed a more
horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his
shriveled complexion and black lips" (pg 57), while Tyrell's replicants are without the ability to feel empathy, and have a four year life
-These differences force the creatures to confront those that created them. Frankenstein's confrontation occurs high atop a huge
glacier, "As I said this, I suddenly beheld the figure of a man, at some distance, advancing towards me with superhuman speed. He
bounded over the crevices in the ice, among which I had walked with caution...and I felt a faintness seize me; but I was quickly
restored by the cold gale of the mountains. I perceived, as the shape came nearer that it was the wretch whom I had created." (pg
98) While Roy's confrontation with Tyrell occurs high atop a huge building that appears to be a high tech mountain in it's own right
During these confrontations both monsters request their creator to correct the flaw that has driven them to cause so much death and despair,
-"Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you and the rest of mankind. If you will comply with my conditions, I will
leave them and you at peace; but if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death..." (pg 99)
-The misfortunes of their creation has caused these monsters to do horrible deeds that no one can be proud of, "'And do you dream?'
said the daemon; 'do you think that I was then dead to agony and remorse?-He,' he continued, pointing to the corpse, 'he suffered not
in the consummation of the deed-oh! not the ten-thousandth portion of the anguish that was mine during the lingering detail of its
execution." (pg 219)
-Roy expresses to Tyrell that he has done undesirable things during his life that were caused because of his desire to live longer than his
allotted four years
Both monsters express their longing to remain alive.
-Even though life has not been fair to them and fait dealt them a cruel hand, these creatures still cling to life dearly, "Life, although it
may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.." (pg 100)
-Lastly both Frankenstein's monster and Roy Batty state what it means to be a slave, one to his envy and rage, and the other to a
human race that spurns him. "..but I was the slave, not the master, of an impulse, which I detested, yet could not disobey...
Conclusion (underlying value of both texts)
-If scientists were capable of creating such life then the relationship between the creations and the rest of humanity would be an uneasy and tense one.
The creators would come to loathe their creations, and seek to destroy them. The creatures themselves would react with similar violence when faced
-In the nineteenth century, the scientist as represented by Victor Frankenstein was the enemy of the Creature. In the twentieth first
century the enemy of the replicant is the Tyrell Corporation.
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