Decent Essays
Texts composed from specific contexts provide insights into new paradigms corresponding to their historical, social and economic framework and as a result, composers incorporate and mould ideas within texts as a reflection of context. The capacity of thematic concerns to transcend time are manifested within Mary Shelley 's 19th century gothic novel 'Frankenstein ' (1818) and Ridley Scott 's dystopian science fiction film 'Blade Runner ' (1992) as both pose markedly similar existentialist discourses regarding the fate of humanity. Through 'Frankenstein ', Shelley 's romantic approach condemns humanity 's intrusive assumption as creator during an era where scientific hubris prompted people to abandon the metaphysical aspects of life,…show more content…
In addition, both texts examine the significance of what it means to be human and its relevance to each respective context. In Frankenstein, Shelley juxtaposes Frankenstein to the creature in an attempt to highlight the integral qualities of the human condition. Initially, profound ambition takes over Frankenstein as Shelley prefigures his exclusion from companionship and natural world, shown in his emaciated depiction through bleached imagery - "so thin and pale". However, despite Frankenstein 's preoccupation in science, the motif of nature as a regenerative force allows him to return to the sublime natural world and evoke his spiritual renewal, depicted through pathetic fallacy - "the flowers of spring bloomed into the hedges", whilst drawing a literary allusion to Wordsworth 's 'Tintern Abbey '. The epistolary tale allows responders to experience what the creature is feeling as opposed to Frankenstein 's emotions as the creature is exposed to the harsh nature of society and becomes a product of the cruel world. Juxtaposed to Frankenstein however, the creature presents more human qualities than Frankenstein as the
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