"Blade Runner" and "Brave New World" Comparative Study

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Aldous Huxley's novel 'Brave New World' and Ridley Scott's film 'Blade Runner', although different mediums, both explore the concept of 'In the Wild' by examining the fundamental relationship between humanity and the natural world. Both texts redefine the concept of nature to suit the context of the composer and to reflect the values and ethics of Huxley's 1930's era and Scott's 1980's influence. In their respective texts, both composers are questioning the inevitable decline of nature that they are already witnessing in their own individual contexts through a variety of filmic and literary devices.

'Blade' does not depict change, but escalation; every negative tendency in the 1980's has been amplified through unrelenting consumption of resources and destruction of natural environments. The film succeeds in challenging our understanding of the concept of 'In the wild' through the absence of any natural environment which is untainted in any way. In true film noir style, 'Blade' incorporates an undertone of dark and gritty scenes and dubious antiheros; music by Vangelis complements this motif through a dark yet melodic combination of classic composition and futuristic synthesizers which highlights the artificial nature of the visuals onscreen.

Scott presents a scene which conveys a seriously disturbed environment, the subtle horror of an approaching apocalypse. The hot and damp weather, the polluted skies, the acid rains, the complete lack of trees; it is evident the environment is near a complete collapse. Yet it is mankind who have caused the decay, through nuclear, chemical and biological wars, terrorism, global warming, merciless exploitation, excessive pollution and exhaustive over-population; issues which were gaining global attention in the 1980's through the media, governments as well as environmental organizations such as Greenpeace.

Huxley satirizes the concept of a completely autonomous and dependent society through his portrayal of the unnaturally sterile...