When observing how each text expresses these messages and values, the differences between the contexts are made more distinct.
Promotion of science, knowledge and reason in the pursuit of inevitable progress, over superstition and religious dogma. Mary eloped with Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shift from rural to urban — growing numbers left the countryside to find work in city factories leading to growth of slums and poverty.
Karl Marx later suggested that this resulted in the alienation of man from the means of production and thus from his alienation from his essential human nature.
New industrial middle class; bourgeoisie, threatened once secure aristocracy and strict social hierarchy. Humanity cannot be replicated or improved by scientific knowledge without disastrous consequences.
William, Clerval, Elizabeth and his own death due to exhaustion. In Greek mythology, Prometheus was the champion of mankind who stole fire from the gods and was punished for it with eternal agony an eagle eating out his liver daily suggested nature was having its revenge for the disruption in the natural order.
By drawing on this fable, Shelley takes on its moral to suggest when humans try to emulate the gods or disrupt the natural order, as Frankenstein does when he tried to create human life, they will be punished.
Shelley gives the moral of her own story credence by drawing an allegorical legend, authoritative because of its longevity. She suggests that knowledge is dangerous and man cannot be trusted with too much power.
This allows her to glorify nature as an all-powerful and eternal force with restorative powers. Shelley characterises Ernest as representative of Romanticism and Frankenstein as representative of the Enlightenment.
Shelley juxtaposes the two to highlight how their contrasting relationship with nature results in contrasting levels of personal well-being.
The juxtaposition allows Shelley to critique the Enlightenment and promote Romantic ideals.
Truth Shelley rejects the Enlightenment understanding of an objective truth that can be determined through logical reasoning. Shelley employs an epistolary novel to present multiple narratives with multiple viewpoints on the same events.
Her rejection of the traditional narrative device of the omniscient narrator in favour of first person confessional documents, allows her to explore the emotional motivations of different characters.
Shelley highlights that there is no one correct truth, but that truth is understood only through the subjective, personal and experiential.
Context Scott grew up in the grim depressing industrial landscape of north-east England before moving to America. The s were a time when many Americans feared there country was in a great decline. Saw the restoration of traditional morals and family structures as a solution.
Anti-immigration despite the reality of an increasingly multicultural society. Rising power of multi-national corporations while power of individual nations declined. Technological Advancement — Start of the computer age.
Key Concepts Exploration of what makes us human and whether humanity can be replicated. The replicants represent an attempt to recreate humanity. In this dystopia, society is in demise. The future is depressing.In the elective Texts in Time students are required to undertake a comparative study of texts and context.
One pair of texts involves the Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the film Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott. The two texts explore common themes despite a varied treatment that results from the authors’ different contexts.
The novel Frankenstein (F) by Mary Shelly composed in , and film Blade Runner (BR) directed by Ridley Scott in , embody the above notions. A comparative study of these texts reveals that, despite the fact that the context of composition moulded both works, the distinct universal ideologies embedded within each text consisting of.
In what ways does a comparative study accentuate the distinctive contexts of Frankenstein and Blade Runner?
- Comparative Study Blade Runner & Frankenstein introduction?? Almost years of history exist between the publishing of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner”. Looking at these two texts closely . Despite a significant time difference between the novel, Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus, written by Mary Shelley in , and the film, Blade Runner, directed by Sir Ridley Scott in , both composers use characters to warn future societies about the consequences of distorted values by emphasising a lack of key values.
The characters . Comparative Literature. Comparison of Blade Runner and Frankenstein. Genre: BLADE RUNNER. FRANKENSTEIN. Blade Runner 1 is a Ridley Scott adaptation of the Philip K.
Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? As a dystopia (dark future). In what ways does a comparative study accentuate the distinctive contexts of Frankenstein and Blade Runner: Through a comparative study of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein and Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner it is possible to gain an understanding of the notion of what constitutes humanity.