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Comparing textual examples of Frankenstein and Blade Runner to context

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Luke Bulbrook

on 10 October 2012

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Transcript of Comparing textual examples of Frankenstein and Blade Runner to context

Frankenstein Contextual examples relating to F and BR Feminism was a particularly prevalent issue at the time of Frankenstein's publishing in 1818. While women's rights were widely ignored, the topic emerges within the text.
Shelley's Frankenstein women are all depicted as weak, passive figures (e.g Elizabeth "fainted, and was restored with extreme difficulty" (upon learning of William's death). This enhances contrast between the women and the destructive nature of Victor
All women are objectified within the story, with the main male figures constantly referring to their aesthetic features:
"[Elizabeth's] smile, her soft voice, the sweet glance of her celestial eyes..." Male image in Genevian society:
Frankenstein's inability to recognise the necessity to mix love and emotion into his creation leads to his desertion of it, purely because it wasn't aesthetically pleasing Blade Runner The creation of life:
From the dawn of time
to modern day society, the source of the integral spark that separates humans from inanimate objects has been investigated, while attempts to replicate it have not yet led to any major breakthroughs.
This factor, combined with the hubris of Victor Frankenstein led to his irresponsible creation. Galvanism:
A theme that resonates in our understanding of Shelly's Frankenstein today, Galvanism (historic context) is the contraction of muscle, stimulated by an electric current. It became known in the 1800s, wherein Shelley would have gained inspiration from. It is this process to which is inferred upon Frankenstein bringing life to his creation. The effects of man's overinflated hubris is demonstrated in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. While abandoning earth to their artificial intelligent counterparts, the Replicants; humankind effectively destroyed their own habitat (by letting it be overrun by their creations). This concept is one widely explored in popular culture today e.g. iRobot Nature and God:
To many, the idea of creating artificial life is taboo- defying the laws of nature, or God. This resonates within both texts, and would be supported by their contextual backgrounds. For Blade Runner (introduced 1982), this made the basis for the beginning of the Science Fiction genre. The publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1961) brought global recognition of the potential disaster brought about through vandalism perpetrated by improved technology. From this, factors such as acid rain are carried across into Blade Runner This text portrays many fears held by society today, and at the time of it's release:
Loss of power (losing control of man-made creations)
Isolation from others (devoid of human contact)
Loss of empathy Luke Bulbrook
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