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lunastar | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 18, 2009 at 2:14 PM via web

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What does Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner say about true humanity?

Any ideas very much appreciated!

Basically - what is the nature of humanity and what is humanity (i.e. what defines it)?

If possible, please relate it to the different contexts of the 2 texts as well!

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daveb | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 19, 2009 at 11:47 PM (Answer #1)

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If there is a common theme between the two, I think it is that humanity is, at its core, obsessed with the superficial.

In Frankenstein, you have a creator that attempts to bring perfection to life, and perhaps he is successful. It doesn't matter, though: his creation is so hideous and freightening that it could never truly be accepted by society, and must seek solace in the creation of another of its kind. Without that, and when denied that, the creation becomes a killer.

Blade Runner, or course, approaches this from another angle, but similarities remain. Creations become murderous, and while they are ultimately perfect, they cannot be accepted by society. It is telling that the lead (I can't remember the names of the characters...but it's Harrison Ford's officer)
ends up with a creation at the end of the movie, demonstrating just how worthwhile and perfect these creations can be, even though society cannot look past what is considered to be taboo.

Dave Becker

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