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Changing Conceptions of Human Nature
"Frankenstein is a bit like the proverbial elephant, with all those blind men seeing different things as they touch the trunk or tail or skin. Viewers read Mary Shelley’s novel and see many wildly different things ... "
Nature vs. Nurture in Frankenstein
"The question of nature versus nurture lies at the heart of Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece, 'Frankenstein'. Shelley's iconic story of Frankenstein's monstrous creation asks whether we are born or made to be who we are ... "
An exploration of the themes in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
BBC Bitesize presents their analysis of Frankenstein which includes plot, characters, themes and more.
'Frankenstein' Reflects the Hopes and Fears of Every Scientific Era
"The bicentennial of Frankenstein started early. While Mary Shelley’s momentous novel was published anonymously in 1818, the commemorations began last year to mark the dark and stormy night on Lake Geneva when she (then still Mary Godwin, having eloped with her married lover Percy Shelley) conceived what she called her “hideous progeny.” ... "
The Pursuit of Knowledge
"Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein delves into a range of themes, which were particularly popular among 19th century Romantics, and which have been perennial favourites of numerous writers since. This clip highlights some of those themes, including the pursuit of knowledge and the responsibility involved with acquiring it, what makes us human, and the power of nature. It is a valuable resource for students of English literature."
Frankenstein : Character Studies
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most widely read novels of all time. Its two central characters, the scientist Victor Frankenstein and the being he creates, have gained mythic status in their own right. Engaging with the novel's characterization is crucial to gaining a real understanding of its themes and contexts, including education, gender difference, imperialism, personal identity, revolutionary politics, and science. This study includes: an introductory overview of the novel, including a brief account of its historical and literary contexts; its reception history; discussion of the major themes and narrative structure; detailed analysis of, the representation of main characters, such as Walton, Frankenstein, and the creature; and a conclusion reminding students of the links between the characters and the key themes and issues."
Frankenstein 200 : The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley's Monster
" At its core ... Shelley's Frankenstein is a contemplation on what it means to be human, what it means to chase perfection, and what it means to fear things such things as ugliness, loneliness, and rejection ... "
Frankenstein; or the Modern Protagonist
"An essay is presented that offers literary criticism of the novel "Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus," by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Topics include the notion of protagonism as a means of giving narrative attention to a minor character such as the creature in the novel, the use of free indirect discourse in the novel's narration, and the role of sympathy in the book ... "
If Only You Could See What I've Seen with Your Eyes: Destabilized Spectatorship and Creation's Chaos in "Blade Runner."
"This article proposes that the most important element in the motion picture "Blade Runner" is the chaotic confusion of boundaries within the film. This confusion of boundaries serves as a reminder that chaos is the site of creative possibility ... "
"Blade Runner and Cyberpunk Visions of Humanity"
" ... Replicants were built to be human in almost every way, yet they are denied human status, like many of the others who cannot qualify for off-world placement. "Blade Runner" is in essence about the desperate struggle to survive, whether one is a genetic human or a genetically produced human ... "
Romanticizing cybernetics in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.
"Examines the treatment of cybernetics in the motion picture `Blade Runner' directed by Ridley Scott. Plot of the motion picture; Comparison of the film to the novel from which it was based; Depiction of human civilization in the film; Characteristics of the so-called replicants in the film; Differences between the replicants and the humans ... "
Blade Runner. Science Fiction and Transcendence.
"... The most intelligent critique of the film ... places Blade Runner within a cycle of science fiction films intimately involved in exploring "the problematic nature of the human being and the difficult task of being human" ... "
Reflections in a Silver Eye: Lens and Mirror in "Blade Runner"
" Is the camera's eye a lens or a mirror? Does film open a portal onto reality, giving us access to the look and texture of another time and place, or does film reflect back the apparatus of its own production, offering us the image of an artificial, constructed world? ... "