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Comparing Star Trek And Handmaid's Tale

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What does Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation have in common with the Creature from Frankenstein, Murphy from Robocop, and Julian from Handmaid’s Tale? The obvious answer is that they were all human creations. The more specific response is that they were all created with visions of human advancement through technology in mind. The superior human, whether genetically engineered, spliced together from cadavers, or mechanically assembled, has been science-fiction films’ major focus in the last fifty years. Anthropologist Per Schelde explored what he called the modern folklore of “science-fiction monsters” in his book Androids, Humanoids, and Other Science-Fiction Monsters: Science and Soul in Science Fiction Films. This critique will focus on the tenth chapter, which demonstrated science-fiction monsters as key members of the folkloric battle to remain human in increasingly technological eras. The thesis of the book is science fiction films are modern folklore that forebode society’s gradual machination (1993b; 3). Humanity is mutilated or sacrificed outright, according to Schelde, with excess machines and robots present in our everyday…show more content…
It is what prevents us from being mere statistics, faceless members of a gray human mass. Without soul a human being is open to assault from the outside, can be enslaved, use, co-opted, made into a mindless appendix of technology. Soul is free will (1993b; 20).
From this perspective, it is not difficult to perceive the pilgrimage towards humanity that many “science-fiction monsters” inevitably make. Possessing the most human quality, a soul, is the key to freedom and connection to God that most monsters, robots, and other constructions crave. Of course, this is essentially humankind’s needs projected onto the characters we
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