Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner

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“Frankenstein” composed by Mary Shelley and “Blade Runner” directed by Ridley Scott Propose two of the most paramount science fiction stories as they don’t just pursue the logic of technological futurism but also present us with ideas about our humanity. Catalysed by their powerful contexts, both texts represent their common ideas, themes and values allowing us to fully appreciate their significance which continue to resonate throughout time. Despite being composed at different times, both Frankenstein and Blade Runner present examples of the fine line between humanity and monstrosity which makes us question what it means to be human. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley has shown humanity and monstrosity in a juxtaposed way through characterisation of Victor Frankenstein and the Monster. Victor’s creation says to him “Listen to me, Frankenstein. You accuse me of murder; and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature.” Juxtaposition of ‘accuse me of murder’ yet victor ‘destroy his own creature’ marks Victor’s transition from human to monster. It creates a paradox with the audience, as the audience grows increasingly empathetic towards the monsters fights for humanity and increasingly aware of Victor’s careless abuse of his own. The same paradox is evident in Blade Runner where the replicants become ‘more human than human’ transitioning the audiences empathy from the human characters to the artificial. Monstrosity of humans Is shown in Blade

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