Comparing Brave New World and Blade Runner

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Human relationships, and humanity's understanding of the wild, are shaped and reflected in Blade Runner, by Ridley Scott, and in Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) through their composers' use of the contrast between true nature and the wild. The human relationship with the wild is tenuous, and this is shown within both texts. More often than not, nature is understood simply as a force to be dominated, controlled or exploited for the benefit of humanity. The new wild is one created by human society however, although developed and sustained by the characters, the wild seems to control and manipulate humanity, rather than the reverse. In Blade Runner and in Brave New World, the nature of happiness and freedom is one of the most recurrent…show more content…
In contrast to this, the discovery by Rachael of her true identity, a replicant, destroys the illusion of happiness her place in society had given her; Rachael: "I'm not in the business. ...I am the business." But this allowed her to discover a semblance of freedom. The failure of the replicants to truly become a part of human society is that they are too much a part of the new wild, perfect in the face of humanity's flaws, and so are separate from true nature and humanity... In Brave New World, true nature is constrained and separate from society; the new wild is humanity's creation; here, Savage has been rejected from the natural in the reserves, but Savage cannot cope with the demands of the new wild - London society - and so withdraws from it into what he perceives as the natural world. ."..Loathsome civilised stuff! ... To sing and enjoy himself was not why he had come here; it was to escape further contamination by civilised life..." However, Savage is continually confronted by the new wild beyond his attempts to escape it; so hangs himself in a final rejection of it. Characterisation is the main technique used in conveying the theme of society's overturning

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