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B and F Essay Frankenstein Philosophical Science

 
 
Both Shelley and Scott present worlds where the pursuit of perfection is seen as futile. Do
you agree? (20/20) (
 An “evaluate” type question in disguise
)
The view that both composers of Bladerunner (1992) and Frankenstein (1818) present worlds
where societal and emotional perfection is unattainable is valid and credible. A pursuit of
 perfection can be seen as a sense of social equality where all individuals and outsiders are
embraced. However, the futility of this aspiration is influenced by the blindness to the plight
of rejected individuals in Shelley’s post
-
Industrial Age and Scott’s post
-modernist societies.
In addition, a barrier to emotional perfection is evident through the failure of the Creators in
 both texts to achieve a realisation of the value of life. They are possessed by a reckless
 pursuit for scientific and economic endeavour which hinders this positive experience of a
Creator-creation relationship. Both texts also present the despairing hope of achieving full
control over the emotions and actions of spurned creations as a mechanism to gain perfect
 psychological manipulation.
A comparative study reveals the flawed aspirations of both Bladerunner and Frankenstein to
achieve a decisive, authoritative and firm control over their creations. This idea of the
manipulation of the identity of creations is seen as futile in both
texts. In Shelley’s novel, she
comments on the inability of Frankenstein to chastise or subdue his abhorrent creation. The
Creature’s delight at the destruction of the de Lacey’s with “flames
with hungry and licking
tongues” is emphasized through
the personification and visual imagery. This heightens the
violence or an individual unrestrained an
uncontrolled. Moreover, this fervent intellectual
 behaviour which remains unabated is
furthered with the Creature’s exclamation of “the past
was blotted from my memory, the future gilded by rays of hope.” Here, the hyperbolic
language suggests the
Creature’
s joy in nature, typical of Romantic idealism. This evocation
also elucidates the ridiculing of Frankenstein’s attempt to mould the Creature’s own identity.
Furthermore, parallels can be made with Bladerunner where the pursuit of a dominant and
unquestionable control over artificial beings is marred by an evident independence possessed
 by the Replicants. In shaping their own identity and emotional experience, these artificial
creations seek to be rid of the control of Creators. When Roy consults Leon, he is amused by
Leon’s “precious photos.” Here, the frank and sarcastic tone evokes the attachment Leon has
to his photos as reservoirs for his memories. This is an emotional depth unable to be tainted
 by Tyrell.
Also, Tyrell’s misaligned attempt to subdue the creation’s identity with “ a pillow
for their emotions”
 
is portrayed through the subverted warm connotations of “pillow”
 to act
as a futile control over them. Thus the failure to manipulate creations resonates across both
texts.
The pursuit of societal perfection of unity is at odds with and discordant to the abject
isolation of artificial creations labelled as social outsiders. This inherent inability to
accommodate spurned creations is evident across both Frankenstein and Bladerunner.
Shelley’s novel introduces the Creature as a tormented individual rejected by its own creator,
 
its anguish is keenly felt through the anguished remark “I ought to by thy Adam.” Here, the