Comparative Study Of Texts: Blade Runner & Brave New World

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English Comparative Study

Scene or Incident

In our lives we compare and contrast incidents to gain a value. We compare everything such as our daily lives with other people in order to gain some sense of meaning of ourselves. By the comparison and contrast of incidents from texts we gain similar ideas. The scene in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (BNW) where John the Savage is introduced to a different lifestyle in London can be compared/contrasted with the incident involved with the Voigt-Kampff Test used to expose replicants in the film Blade Runner (BR). This comparison helps to confirm the value of a comparative study of texts as we can gain a sense of meaning from it.

The BNW is totally diverse from the savage reservation that John was brought up in. Thus, John's moral beliefs are totally dissimilar to that of the people in London. We can see this especially with the relationship that John has with Lenin.

There is an obvious connection between the two however their love remains unfulfilled because of the differing moral values. The idea of "having someone" disgusts John who was brought up learning from the romantic values set out in Shakespeare's plays. Ultimately this barrier leads to John's radical anger towards Lenina and John attacks her. John's raw display of natural human emotions and beliefs such as love confounds the inhabitants of BNW. The Voigt-Kampff Test in Blade Runner is an incident shown twice in the film. The second time it appears Deckard is introduced to Rachel. We see him hesitant to test Rachel because he is instantly attracted to her. This incident proves to show that Rachel is indeed a replicant and Tyrell's casual statement "Rachel is an experiment, nothing more" sends Deckard into silence. He is conflicted between what is a...