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Comparitive Essay of Blade Runner and Brave New World

Summary: Brave New World, written by Aldous Huxley and Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott both explore future dystopias. Although composed half a century apart, both texts explore similar concerns for the nature of humanity and the tension between humanity and the natural world. The texts utilise techniques from their different mediums of production to depict futures, which could develop from the issues relevant to their contexts.
Both texts explore the degradation of human nature, where man is a commodity and human worth is measured quantitatively. In these worlds consumerism is a religion, man emulates god and all moral responsibility is lost. In BR the nature of humanity is questioned. Humans appear cold and unemotional, while replicants are seen experiencing emotions such as love and anger. Batty shows emotion when he hugs Pris' lifeless body. Does this make Batty human, or more human than human?

In BNW all love, hate, jealousy and anger (emotion) have been removed by the process of conditioning, bringing forth social stability at the price of individual thought. This is also seen with war and disease in the BNW, which have been eliminated at the enormous cost; that of the natural aspects of humanity, and how love, birth and family are non-existent. Consumerism is...

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