Blade Runner and Frankenstein

Frankenstein has probably attracted more critical commentary than any other Gothic work from the Romantic period, and its highly resonant myth of creation has been seen to allegorize, among other things, the French Revolution, relations between Capital and Labour, slave rebellions in the Caribbean, scientific irresponsibility, and the author’s experience of childbirth(Emphasis Added).

[Watt, James. (2004). Gothic. In T. Keymer, & J. Mee (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1740-1830 (pp. 119-138). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p.129]

You must consider how both texts, which were composed in different times and contexts, explore similar content: How scientists have not considered the ramification of using technology to create life. To begin to understand such contextualistion issues, the following introductory questions can be examined:

  • Do you know the backgrounds of Shelley and Scott?
  • What are the historical circumstances surrounding the period in which the texts were composed?
  • How did the French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Romanticism, Globalisation and Economic Rationalism all fit into the context of the texts?
  • What was the cultural and social circumstances that charecterised the times of the two composers?

Humanity Disconnected?
You need to ask yourself if you can provide a detailed analysis of these texts, in how they are similar yet differ substantially through their contexts. If you finding it difficult to answer questions of contexts regarding Scott and Shelley, you may need some help through english tutoring to solidify your understanding.

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