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Blade Runner: Mans Search For Meaning

The movie Blade Runner has many themes. Many of these themes have been explored and written on. The one theme that stood out most to me was that of a creatures search for meaning and answers to the puzzle of its existence. The replicants that were central to the plot of Blade Runner were created by man, much in the image of man. The most important similarity between replicant and man is the ability to reason. This ability to reason, brings on the inevitable pondering of ones existence. The story line of Blade Runner creates a unique forum for man (or a Manlike creature) to meet his maker.

With the freedom of fiction, the restraints that true men have can be lifted. When the group of Replicants breaks free of their human transport partners, they head for Earth. A replicants presence on Earth is quite dangerous, if found they will be retired. Even though this grim consequence looms in the minds of the replicants, their questions seem to overshadow their fear. The replicants wanted to meet their maker. This goal was foremost in their desires and had to be carried out at all costs. This is a powerful concept, when Roy stands in front of Tyrel, it can be likened to a mortal standing efore God (or his creator).

As Roy stands in the presence of Tyrel, one can only sense a felling of awe. Roy has the attention of his creator. What a dream, and even more appealing, he strikes fear into the heart of Tyrel. This is a transparent view of mans rage concerning the powerlessness over his condition. Imagine if the tables could be turned, creator fearing creation. The first goal of the replicants is to create a path to Tyrel. This goal is relatively simple in comparison with mans obstacle. The replicants try several paths to Tyrel, their final uccess is accomplished through a series of events. Once Roy has finally reached his goal; an audience with Tyrel (God), he voices his primary concern.

Roy requests to know the key to his death. This is mans central preoccupation, why must I die. Roy comes up with several scenarios for avoiding his demise; Tyrel, in turn, discounts each one as impossible. Why must this be! This question, which has resonated in the collective psyche of mankind, since the beginning of time. The inevitable answer that Roy receives, is a statement of supreme significance. Roy sentence Tyrel to the same powerlessness over eath that he was sentenced to by Tyrel. The movie Blade Runner has many themes.

The theme of ones existence seemed to be a large part of this movie. Not only in the replicants minds, but in the society as a whole. Tyrel was not prepared for the replicants to last as long as they did, nor gain the reasoning powers finally obtained. Roy was searching for answers that Tyrel thought he would never have to deal with. Questions that are common among people today, in all areas of existence. Many are unsure of the reason for being brought into this world, and why it must end at a certain point.

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