Analysis Of Blade Runner And Frankenstein

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The question of what makes something truly alive and human has been hotly disputed for an incredibly long time. Different viewpoints have different criteria, but all roads eventually lead to the same conclusion. Humanism is, at it’s most basic form, the ability to objectively think and make decisions based upon one’s past experiences and moral compass. Blade Runner and Frankenstein both confront the issue of non-humans displaying human characteristics. Replicants and the Monster both are on the very outskirts of humanity, but they are capable of rational thought and compassion, along with the pursuit of happiness. This has created a sort of creepy feeling, with our modern perspective of humanism encroaching on the progressive views of the two stories in question. Blade Runner and Frankenstein have a warped concept of “human” life in the way of the place of science in the creation of life, the prejudice of xenophobia, and an uncomfortableness with one’s values of true humanism. Shelley’s Frankenstein demonstrates the uneasiness that comes with creating life through unnatural means. Blade Runner also confronts the inner conflict of Deckard as he wrestles with his feelings for Rachael and his mission to terminate the other replicants. Tying the two together, both artificial humans in the stories are very similar. The beings are amalgamations of parts, human flesh in Frankenstein and mechanical parts in Blade Runner. The semi-humans are both interested in blending in, along
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