Frankenstein and Bladerunner

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‘It’s not so much about survival but more about the quality of life’
To what extent can this statement be applied to the two texts you have studied this year?

Survival is the continuing to live or exist, especially in difficult conditions, whereas
The quality of life is the fulfillment and personal satisfaction a person has with one’s life. Percy Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein’ (1818) and Ridley Scotts film ‘Blade Runner’ (1982) both demonstrate a struggle for quality of life within their texts. The texts show that it is not so much about a being’s survival, but about their undeniable want for quality in their life. We can see this issue expressed through the ideas of compassion and humanity, autonomy and freedom, along with the basic
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This quote creates a mood and makes you feel the fear he is going through. He feels he has a duty to fix what he has created and therefore lacks autonomy. Victor cannot reach fulfillment in life without freedom and autonomy.

In viewing Blade Runner there is a definite focus on freedom and autonomy. Replicants completely lack any autonomy. Pris is made as a pleasure model, with her entire role on earth is to satisfy others by bringing pleasure. This shows how the replicants have no freedom to be how they want to be. They’re lacking quality of life as they are only here for a specific reason, nothing else. We can also see the undeniable want the replicants have to survive, so they can then gain quality to life. This is shown with the use of formal language when Tyrell says ‘a light that burns twice as bright burns half as long’. This proves the replicants are lacking freedom as they have a ‘death sentence’ of four years. They can’t experience quality of life. We can also see absence of freedom when Roy says, ‘quite an experience to live in fear isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave’. With the use of emotive language we can really start to feel the emotions coming from Roy. The replicants are trying to break free and gain autonomy with longer life.

Shelley conveys the idea of the basic need to survive throughout the novel Frankenstein and relates it to the gaining of the