A Comparison of the Monsters of Frankenstein, Bladerunner, and Star Trek The Next Generation

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In the long history of the existence of fantasy literature, writers represent monsters as something opposite to the human being. The prior conflict of this genre is usually "man Vs monster." Several examples of science fiction seemingly portray antagonistic creatures yet they are depicted as being similar to humanity: the replicants in the film Bladerunner; the monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; and the Borg in Star Trek. In each of these examples, the aforementioned "monster(s)" posses human-like characteristics (some, like the replicants in Bladerunner appear almost exactly human) yet are still "monsters," they are not quite human. Thus each of the human societies shuns and despises these creatures for what they are. The …show more content…
Mary Shelley depicts Frankenstein as someone who cannot deviate from the course that he chose. While Frankenstein was in the midst of creating the monster, he states, "But my enthusiasm was checked by my anxiety and I appeared rather like one doomed by slavery to toil in the mines...than an artist occupied by his favorite employment." This sense of doom and lack of free will suggests the possible inability of man to escape the monster within--the unconscious desires of the mind. The monster, itself, is the physical allegory of Victor Frankenstein's unconscious desires and ambitions come to life. Not long after creating the monster, Victor Frankenstein has a dream of a dead Elizabeth; upon waking Frankenstein immediately meets the monster. The dream of Victor's unconscious self becomes a reality when the monster kills Elizabeth when Victor shuns all compassion to help his creation. Because of the lack of empathy on Frankenstein's part, resentment builds up in both the creator and the creation to the point that total hatred consumes them both. Frankenstein himself denies the similarities that are so apparent between Frankenstein and the monster when he says to the monster, "Begone! I will not hear you. There can be no community between you and me." Frankenstein seems to be in denial of the relationship between himself and his creation and condemns the monster. Frankenstein here displays

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