While some differences between Blade Runner and Frankenstein are evident the similarities are quite clear. In both works the common theme is the hubris of man and how we try to play god and change nature. One of the main differences between these works is the time in which they take place. Frankenstein is the story of Victor Frankenstein who in his youth and arrogance believes he can play god and reanimate the dead. To this end he builds a giant monstrous cadaver of different parts that he recovered from other bodies, he assembles this and uses lightning to try to reanimate it.
It's Alive!! For 81 long years those iconic words have been associated with the dreaded Frankenstein. This classic tale where Victor Frankenstein creates a monster out of body parts to test the theory of resurrection; then successfully reviving him, mayhem breaks loose on the town. Frankenstein 1931, hands down will always be a cinematic success due to the incredible vision of James Whale that created one of the best horror films in history; the unbelieve costume design, the fascinating plot line and the incorporation of the novel with leave an unforgettable imprint on the audience. James Whale was said to have made "the most influential horror film every made" according to the Elliot Stein, a top critic.
Abandoning his creation only brought out the truly evil side. The deprivation of companionship leads the creature to kill Frankenstein’s brother, William, not just to kill the young boy though. The creature tells Frankenstein that he killed William but he only executed the plan so that Frankenstein could truly feel the way that he did. He let Frankenstein know how he truly felt saying, “I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me”, (p.172). The death of his brother was to aid him in seeing that his creation did not have trust and did not have friendship.
Everyone has had a moment in their life when they have been evil. In the poem Beowulf, good vs. evil is greatly used in conflict between many of the characters. Beowulf, a warrior helps out Hrothgar when his land was being attacked by a monster named Grendel, who was an ugly beast. Beowulf defeats Grendel and kills him with just his hands. Grendel’s mother becomes very angry that Beowulf killed her son so she wants revenge.
The monster then decides to take the life of Victors companion. He does this for revenge as that is the one thing Victor refuses the monster. The reason for these characters deaths is in Foster's words “to put stress on other characters.”(90) These deaths cross a breaking point in Victor's mind. When Victor has nobody left in his life he makes up his mind to kill the monster in an act of violent passion. He sets out to hunt the monster, but gets sick and dies on his journey.
This tore the heart of the daemon, causing him to respond with fierce aggression. Despite victor’s previous hopes for benevolence, Victor was proved wrong once more and the daemon murdered Henry. The creature threatened to make Victor suffer, and to bring harm to all that he loved. Victor then finally made the commitment and prepared to destroy the creature, even if it cost him his own life. The creature murdered the wife of Victor- Elizabeth, and it was only after this that he decided to take measures and pursue the beast.
Justine views him as a monster and runs away in panic. When Frankenstein is wounded by the soldiers, his friend Delacy cleans his wound with water from a bucket. Frankenstein sees his reflection in the water and is exasperated. He realizes his deformity is the reason humans are trying to kill him. In his first encounter with Victor, he chases Frankenstein to a mountain where he plans to kill him.
" 'Frankenstein! you belong then to my enemy -- to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim.” Upon his arrival to Geneva The Monster comes across a ‘beautiful child’, Victor’s younger brother William. The Monster was then enraged, and fueled by vengeance. This is Shelley’s way of revealing the Monster’s true inner character, and reminding the reader of his burning hatred for Victor. The tragic death of young William was 100% caused by the negligence of Victor.
Vengeance, an act of inflicting pain and suffering on another individual, was used between the two protagonists as a means to resolve conflict. The monster accomplished his revenge by murdering Victor's loved ones, while Victor responded through direct violence on the monster and his creature bride. Ultimately, both achieve their revenge on each other through their own demise. These acts resulted in tragic and devastating consequences for both Victor Frankenstein and the monster. If Victor has created his monster, and integrated him into society, and gave him the knowledge, affection he deserved, then it can be inferred his relationship with humans would have been completely different.
Monsters are often classified based upon their appearance and inhumane characteristics. In the book Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein tears apart graveyards for the formation of a new being, which is brought to life with electricity. Frankenstein was fascinated with life itself and wanted to create this being through the dead with the use of science. After multiple years of suturing this new being together Victor succeeded in bringing this creature to life. Although realizing what he had just created Victor is repulsed by this new being and calls him a Monster.