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A Comparison of Brave New World and Blade Runner

In the worlds of the narrative text Brave New World (1932), composed
by Aldous Huxley and the visual text Blade Runner (Director's Cut)
(1992), directed by Ridley Scott, perhaps the most significant
thematic concern is that of the intervention into the natural order by
elitist human forces. Responders are confronted with stark, forlorn
visions of a future that has alienated the natural environment from
humanity, creating a society of moral destitution, in which its
inhabitants are substantially lacking as human beings. 'Humanity' in
these worlds is governed by loss, loss of the 'natural', and loss of
spirituality. It is man's obstruction of the natural order, through
genetics, that formulate the underpinning conflicts within these two
texts.

The imagery established in Brave New World, "a squat gray building of
only thirty- four stories high" present us with a society that has
built upwards. This synthetic 'World State' operates on a level that
usurps divine prerogative of creation through a process of genetic
selectivity, social conditioning, and the cultural eradication of
Christian and other values - replaced with the philosophies of Henry
Ford. The mass productions of humans, and their conditioning results
in the suppression of natural human emotions, illustrated by the
hypnopaedic teaching reiterated by Lenina, 'when the individual feels,
the community reels.' The New World Utopia of Huxley's text appears to
provide its inhabitants with a supremely comfortable existence, with
every need anticipated and fulfilled; this, however, comes with a
price. The World State motto "Commun...


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... obliterated because it serves as an
inconvenience. The deliberate omission of the sun from the room can be
viewed as a metaphor of humanity's desire to remove the incursion of
nature from all aspects of our lives.

In Ridley Scott's bleak future of genetic authority nature has been
removed from humanity to the point where essential beings of nature
have become a rare commodity of seemingly infinite value: "You think
I'd be working in a place like this if I could afford a real snake?"
An experience of nature is similarly a rarity in the New World Utopia,
only accessible to those of higher castes. This access, however,
remains limited, as the Alphas and Betas lack a true humanistic
appreciation of nature and they condemn the 'savages' for living in,
and with, an environment without urbanization or commercial interests.


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