To whatextent do you agree?Through Blade Runner, we see an epic quest filled with meaning and symbolism applicableto the human condition. Replicants are basically human beings, except for the fact thatthey lack a history. As a consequence of this, perhaps, they also lack proper emotionalfaculties especially empathy. Empathy is the ability to place oneself in the position ofanother living being and understand that persons feelings. Blade runner promotes that empathy is the defining characteristics for humanity.
Thereplicants, designed not to show any emotion, develop spiritually and emotionallythroughout the film. The characters in the movie, even the ones that were not human, had many humanisticand believable qualities. Many of them were able to feel love as well as hate. Although Deckard is supposedly human he at times shows less emotion than Roy. Heseems heartless and uncompassionate making himself look very unhuman.
We see thatDeckard is possibly not “human” as well, but a replicant. He shows no compassion when hetells Rachel of her being a replicant with implants. In tears, Rachel sneaks out of Deckardsapartment and into the streets. The only time in which Deckard really shows emotion isaccomplished when Roy, forging Deckard through the fires of a harrowing battle, looksterrified knowing that he is going to die. Through this, Roy tries to communicate his lifeexperiences, and the importance of life before his own flame extinguishes explaining of thehorrors of their enslavement. Again, all of these human characteristics that the non-human characters showed makesthem more believable for the viewers.
The whole definition of humanity is changed by itsinteraction with the Replicants. For the replicant Roy Batty it was obvious that that he felt strong emotions, perhaps evenlove for his fellow replicants. After Deckard killed Pris, Roy leaned over her and kissed hershowing that he had loved her. He also showed these feelings for Pris and Zhora breakingtwo of Deckards fingers, one for Pris and one for Zhora. Although this act seemed quiteinhuman, the motivation behind it seemed quite believable. He also demonstrates aninhumane role when he kills Tyrell but Tyrell is inhumane to create intelligent beings withsuch a limited life span displaying greed and manipulation.
Batty also showed many human emotions as he talked of the horrors he had endured. Itwas obviously very difficult for him to take these nightmares as they affected him much inthe same way it would have affected any human. He also exhibited human qualities whenhe saved Deckard from falling off the building. Quote: Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it’s like to live as a slave. “At the last moment, Roy saves him by grabbing his wrist with the nail-impaled hand. Hedraws him up to the roof, and lays him down.
Pris also shows human qualities. Pris was very naive. She seemed to be the leastdeveloped of all of the Replicants and therefore was very much a follower. She also had acertain sort of innocence.
Quote: Then we’re stupid, and we’ll die!She says this after Batty tells of the deaths of their friends, which show that she is scaredand starting to get worried that shell die, she has feelings, and starts to panic. Towards the end of the movie it levels it up to see that both Batty and Deckard show usthe meaning of what it means to be alive. Roy Batty shows this by saving Deckard offalling off the building, sitting in front of Deckard releasing a dove to commemorate hisdeath that he most likely learned to accept and appreciate while Deckard demonstrates ahumane act when he hurries home to find Rachel, desperate to escape the city with herbefore someone in the Blade Runner unit finds them. As they leave Rachel knocks over theunicorn that was placed on the floor, symbolizing her escape from the Tyrell Corporation,which only looked upon her as a replicant. Deckard fell in love with her as a human, andby doing so; she became human which inturn replaced Deckards cold-hearted contrast toa more humane replicant. Deckard joins Rachael in the elevator.
He has found love with a replicant under the mostunlikely of circumstances. The elevator doors close on Deckard and Rachael as they leaveto escape the law.