Blade Runner and New Brave World's Perspective's on Humanity

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Blade Runner and New Brave World's Perspective's on Humanity Ridley Scott’s film “Blade Runner: Director’s Cut” and Aldous Huxley’s

novel “Brave New World” explore the concept of ‘In The Wild’ by

focusing on the natural world and its rhythms falling victim to

unbridled scientific development. They present a wedge that is

divorcing man from his relationship with nature, in an attempt to

define what it means to be ‘human’. Both texts depict chilling

dystopic futures where the materialistic scientific and economic ways

of thinking have been allowed to quash the humanistic religious and

philosophic ways of thinking, in the name of progress. In their texts,

these composers question this progress that they were already

witnessing in their own individual contexts, and thus warn future

contexts about straying from humanity’s natural origins.

Both composers criticize their individual contexts which, though fifty

years apart, deal with similar concerns for humanity and the natural

environment. Huxley’s context was the aftermath of WW1, where

depression and disillusionment saw European countries seeking

alternatives to democracy – Totalitarianism. These extreme dictatorial

forces promised stability, order and security but at the expense of

essential facets of humanity: freedom of choice, emotions,

intellectual stimulation and a qualitative relationship with nature.

Part of the 1920s melancholy was that the world witnessed their war

machines annihilate considerable portions of the human race. Also, in


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the natural world and its rhythms being violated by tyrannous

scientific development

In, Huxley virulently attacks this brutal desire to curb our natural

state as humans. Also, after the invention of, caused by witnessing

devastating,, he voices his disapproval of man’s perpetual craving for

technological progress by satirizing the eternal question of “will

science be used for the good of mankind or to destroy it?”

voice his own disgust of his context and the deteriorating

relationship between man and nature.

The very symbol of life – the elemental force of the Sun – is rendered

powerless by the smog of this concrete jungle.

(Reinforcing the values of materialism and Reagonism is the

euphemistic retirement of the Replicants after which, they are

collected like garbage.)

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