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
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.)