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The chase scene is a key part of the film as it influences the
viewer's overall opinion of the main character, "Roy". Throughout the
film "Roy" is interpreted as the "villain" and "Deckard" seen as the
"hero". However this scene creates sympathy for "Roy" and portrays him
as a saviour figure. Ridley Scott, the director, does this using a
range of technical, cultural and symbolic codes. These are the
semiotic codes this essay will explore.

Technical codes are the use of technical techniques used to create a
certain atmosphere, mood or feeling. For example a Blue Filter is used
to set a melancholy feel putting forward the image of "Roy" having
"the blues".

Cultural codes are themes or techniques used in media that are linked
in some way to: religion, culture, events in history or previously
published books and films (media). An example would be Ridley Scott's
use of neon signs (TDK), behind "Roy" at the end of the chase scene.
This suggests links with Tokyo, a main focal point for manufacturing

Symbolic codes use words, objects and images to represent a certain
emotion or idea. In this case their main purpose is to provoke
sympathy. An example would be "Roy's" black Nazi style coat
symbolising/portraying him as an evil character.

To begin the scene, the mood is set by a blue filter. This is a
technical code: provoking the emotion of sadness. This effect creates
sympathy for "Roy" because the atmosphere is dismal and melancholy.
Likewise the establishing shot is in soft focus, another technical
code creating a gentle, calm mood, which contrasts with the violence
later to come. These two techniques toget...

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...s meanwhile show he feels yet again as a human does and
hence the viewer relates to "Roy" and therefore empathises with him.

Finally he dies and a dove flies away out of his hands, representing
peace and "Roy's" soul. But does "Roy" have a soul? This is one of the
many rhetorical questions the viewer is left to think about. It is not
a spoken question, it is an open-ended sign, there is no limit the
audiences' interpretation; it is a mere guide to their emotional

To conclude I think the piece is extremely successful in making the
viewer feel sympathy for "Roy" through each semiotic code. The issues
raised about "Roy" through these leave the viewer in suspense with
unanswered questions like: Was "Roy" programmed to have emotional
responses? What are his rights? Maybe he was man made. But aren't we

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