A Comparison of the Themes of Blade Runner and Brave New World

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A Comparison of the Themes of Blade Runner and Brave New World ‘Humanity likes to think of itself as more sophisticated than the wild yet it cannot really escape its need for the natural world’

Despite different contexts both Aldous Huxley within his book Brave New World and Ridley Scott in the film Blade Runner explore the idea that humans feel themselves more sophisticated than the natural world, yet are able to completely sever relations between humanity and the nature. Through various techniques both texts warn their varied audiences of the negative ramifications that will come from such disdainful, careless opinions and actions.

All aspects of the ‘New State’ within Aldous
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Huxley again uses irony in emotive language such as “corpse coloured rubber” to describe the hatchery. While providing a description of scientific surroundings which directly represent the fact that humanity feels it is more sophisticated than the natural world, Huxley also indicates that the natural rhythms of the world can not be avoided. This is achieved through his reference to death in the word “corpse” a natural and inevitable aspect of life.

Aldous Huxley immediately establishes the ideal of his book that humans think they are more sophisticated than the natural world. The concept of conditioning the masses to “hate the country but love country sports” is a perfect example of this. Using this contrast the composer indicates his concern that the leaders of the New Sate are manipulating the natural world with the intelligent and sophisticated scientific advances for materialistic purposes.

Facts and statistics are continually used within the text. Lines such as “In extraordinary cases one ovary can produce us with 15,000 individuals”. This was intended by the composer to make his novel and its characters more sophisticated. This use of
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