Essay on The Representation of the Body in Blade Runner

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This essay will discuss the representation of the body in Blade Runner because in discussing the effects of something yet to happen which is the dystopia presented by Blade Runner, in the present tense i.e. in assuming that it has already happened, we gain a greater insight and understanding of the consequences of our actions as a society now. Dystopic films and novels such as Blade Runner, Nineteen Eighty Four and Brave New World are invaluable as texts which have tied together philosophical, political, sociological and economic lines of enquiry and have presented ideas of our future and perhaps sometimes warnings about where a certain path might lead. I have chosen Blade Runner as my study text because it presents a future that is…show more content…
In doing this the machine begins to take on the human characteristics of looking and breathing, this more basic human-like machine represents very fundamentally how the machine can begin to represent the human, and the human can begin to represent the machine, thus beginning to introduce Philip K. Dick's (the author of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? upon which the film is based) views on how as humans we can sometimes function very mechanically, and the dangers of doing so; "If you pick up your instructions that morning when you go to work and it says "Twenty people will be gassed today," and this is typed out, and it's all spelled right, and it's on the right order form, and this seems fine to you, then what we have here is not just an insidious pathology, but almost, in a way, the very heart of true pathology. What we have here is a lack of an emotional grasping of a situation. We have here a purely mechanical mind; a metal sphere rotating without any contact with the Earth or other humans." From a sample selection of a Philip K. Dick interview in Philip K. Dick: The Dream Connection. The idea of the body as machine, or of having human form but functioning, as a machine is central to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and to Blade Runner. The Voigt-Kampff machines test for emotional response suggesting that what defines us as human is the ability to react to something emotionally. What Dick seems to disagree with is the fact

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