Bladerunner: Humanity Of Deckard & Roy Batty Essay

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Bladerunner: Humanity Of Deckard & Roy Batty

Roy Batty and Deckard are both able to show us what it means to be human. To what extent do you agree?

Through Blade Runner, we see an epic quest filled with meaning and symbolism applicable to
the human condition. Replicants are basically human beings, except for the fact that they
lack a history. As a consequence of this, perhaps, they also lack proper emotional
faculties especially empathy. Empathy is the ability to place oneself in the position of
another living being and understand that person's feelings.


Blade runner promotes that empathy is the defining characteristics for humanity. The
replicants, designed not to show any emotion, develop spiritually and emotionally
throughout the film.


The characters in the movie, even the ones that were not human, had many humanistic and
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. He seems
heartless and uncompassionate making himself look very unhuman. We see that Deckard is
possibly not "human" as well, but a replicant. He shows no compassion when he tells Rachel
of her being a replicant with implants. In tears, Rachel sneaks out of Deckard's apartment
and into the streets. The only time in which Deckard really shows emotion is accomplished
when Roy, forging Deckard through the fires of a harrowing battle, looks terrified knowing
that he is going to die. Through this, Roy tries to communicate his life experiences, and
the importance of life before his own flame extinguishes explaining of the horrors of
their enslavement.


Again, all of these human characteristics that the non-human characters showed makes them
more believable for the viewers. The whole definition of humanity is changed by its
interaction with the Replicants.


For the replicant Roy Batty it was obvious that that he felt strong emotions, perhaps even
love for his fellow replicants. After Deckard killed Pris, Roy leaned over her and kissed
her showing that he had loved her. He also showed these feelings for Pris and Zhora
breaking two of Deckard's fingers, one for Pris and one for Zhora. Although this act
seemed quite inhuman, the motivation behind it seemed quite believable. He also
demonstrates an inhumane role when he kills Tyrell but Tyrell is inhumane to create
intelligent beings with such a limited life span displaying greed and manipulation.


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