Blade Runner lecture outline

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Blade Runner lecture outline 1. Two worlds: earth versus off-world. 2. Two types of sentient beings: humans versus replicant slaves. 3. R. Deckard/René Descartes: “I think, therefore I am.” 4. Descartes’s puzzle: how to tell the difference between a human (with a soul) and an automaton. 5. The symbolism of Blade Runner ’s architecture: exteriors and interiors. 6. Human surfaces versus depths: the problem of the escaped replicants. 7. The last line of analysis between humans and replicants: the Voigt-Kampff empathy test. But just how accurate is it? a) The replicants develop emotions. But they have only a 4-year lifespan to handle
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Unformatted text preview: those emotions. b) The newest generation even has implanted memories. 8. If the replicants seem “more human than human,” maybe it’s because the humans often seem less than humane. a) lack of compassion for others b) lack of love c) less moral? 9. The movie’s sympathy for the replicants 10. Is Deckard himself a replicant? If so, what does that mean? 11. Examining individual characters a) look at clothing and makeup b) look at their settings c) look at the images associated with them 12. The film’s recurring motifs: eyes. The symbolism of vision, insight, and blindness....
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course ENG 285 taught by Professor Vanderborg during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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