Ex Machina Frankenstein Analysis

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Some of the main qualities that make up the basis of a monster include a creature that mostly deviates from the norm and can pose a threatening force against the rest of society. When it comes to works of fiction, the machine has taken a prominent role in the formation of monsters and continues to do so as societies reliance on technology increases. In 1818s Frankenstein, Or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, The Curse of Frankenstein produced by Hammer Studios in 1957, and Ex Machina made in 2015 each tells the story of a man pushing the limits and bringing to life a new being, in turn creating a monster. These creations deviate from their creator’s initial expectations and change from being viewed as a wonder to something of horror forcing …show more content…

He wants to create a “true” AI, that pass the Turing test and make you think she is human. Nathan states “one day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction” (Garland, Ex Machina). He thinks that the future lies with AIs not with humanity. Despite creating previous models which seem to display more emotion and are more representative of the human likeness, for Nathan the ultimate test for Ava was to simulate emotions enough to manipulate a …show more content…

They each show characteristics of being a monster, they are hostile toward others and inspire a sense of dread commonly associated with creatures of evil or those that are not fully human and care little for the nature of that which is good. The perception of what makes a monster is questioned as the more we learn about the scientists the more we question their humanity. Frankenstein takes on the qualities of a mad scientist robbing graves and desecrating corpses, and Nathan drowns himself in alcohol taking out his aggression on those around him. Frankenstein’s creation in novel is able to express compassion and is able to show remorse, caring for things beside himself. Nathan comments about in regards to Ava's brain that it is “Impulse. Response. Fluid. Imperfect. Patterned. Chaotic (Garland, Ex Machina). These characteristics seem more representative of Nathan than Ava, as for most of the story Ava has been the exact opposite. It is not until her existence is threatened that she begins to violently lash out against everything around

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