How the human condition is portrayed through "The Great Gatsby", written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and "Blade Runner", directed by Ridley Scott.

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The human condition is the experience of existence and life as humans. This notion can be seen through the novel "The Great Gatsby", written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the film "Blade Runner", directed by Ridley Scott. These texts explore the themes of human judgment, the ambition involved in being human and human morals, which make up part of the human condition. This is shown through the actions, comments, and descriptions of the characters in the texts.

The quote "'They're a rotten crowd,' I shouted across the lawn. 'You're worth the whole damn bunch put together'" from the novel, The Great Gatsby, is a display of the judgmental characteristic of human beings. Human beings are very judgmental creatures, who base conclusions about others upon what they see or hear. The character, Daisy Buchanan shows her judgmental nature as she cries "they're such beautiful shirts" as she tours Gatsby's house. This demonstrates that her attitude toward Gatsby revolves around his possessions rather than his personal qualities.

The film, Blade Runner also reveals this idea through the Voight-Kampff test, which is a test designed to measure emotional responses. The humans in the film use this test to determine whether or not the subject is a replicant purely based the conclusions of this test. We are shown that humans make quick judgments on others not by profound information but by shallow means such as a test.

Morals are an important part of every human life. They are responsible for the kind of life humans lead and also their actions. "The Great Gatsby" and "Blade Runner" both show the decline in human morals. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald suggests this decaying of human morals through the parties that Gatsby holds every week. It is a symbol of the carelessness of the time, where...